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Food stamps: Major changes for SNAP benefits

There a millions of Americans who use food stamps each month, and they can expect major changes to their benefits during the month of February.

grocery cart filled with food stamp eligible foods

The program works at most grocery and convenience stores and gives discounts on food.

You’ll need to meet specific requirements to qualify for food stamps.


P-EBT: Eligibility requirements

Eligibility requirements for food stamps

When you apply, it must be in the state you reside in.

If you’re eligible, you’ll receive benefits for the time between submitting your application, and its approval.

The benefits can be used at authorized stores.

Many online stores are now accepting the benefits as well.


Extra SNAP benefits for February 2022

Emergency food stamps

Many states have decided to opt into offering extra benefits for the month of Feb.

The lowest amount households will get is $95.

These states are offering additional food stamps

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New Hampshire
  • Ohio
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Virgin Islands
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming


P-EBT benefits available to millions

Additional money in food stamps

Some places are giving more food stamps for other reasons this month.

Children under age 3 on SNAP benefits will get an additional $140 per month per child.

This is a one time payment and specifically for diapers.

150,000 children will benefit from this.

$730 is also in the works to go out in April to help with the cost of food.


SNAP benefits after storms and disasters

Online retailers that take food stamps

North Carolina has expanded which online retailers will accept benefits

  • Aldi
  • Amazon
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Carlie C’s
  • Compare Foods Clayton
  • Deep Roots Market
  • Earth Fare
  • Food Lion
  • Piggly Wiggly in Kinston
  • Publix
  • Walmart

Your EBT card may be used online for these purchases.

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