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Food Stamps: How long expanded SNAP benefits will last

Since the start of the pandemic, Americans everywhere have benefitted from extra food stamps, or SNAP benefits.

grocery cart in an aisle filled with food stamp eligible items

While they’ve been really helpful for the last two years, they’re coming to an end soon.

The only way this won’t happen is if the government extends the deadline past April 15.

If they don’t, it’s set to expire that day.


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They were supposed to expire in Jan., but the government extended that deadline to April.

There is always a chance it could be extended, but that doesn’t appear to be happening.

Iowa will begin switching back to the way food stamps were before the pandemic in April.


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What were emergency food stamps?

In order for states to give their residents emergency food stamps, they needed to declare an emergency.

The minimum amount families would see was $95, but many received more depending on household size and income.

This was in addition to their regular monthly benefits.


What does it mean when my SNAP application is pending?

States that had the emergency food stamps

Iowa is the only state to announce they’re returning to regular food stamps in April.

If the benefits are extended, the following states will be impacted due to the emergency declaration

  • 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
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