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How long will the increase in food stamps last?

How long will the increase in food stamps last?

How long will the increase in food stamps last? That’s the question on everyone’s mind, and fortunately we have an answer!


What is the increase in food stamps?

There have been several temporary and permanent increases to food stamps in the last few years. Since these programs have often overlapped, it can be very confusing.

There are three main reasons that food stamps has increased:


First, the government enacted a temporary 15% increase between April 2021 and September 2021 as part of the American Rescue Plan.

Second, the government enacted a permanent 27% increase in October 2021 when the Thrifty Food Plan was finally revised. This increase resulted in about $12-$16 more per person per month on average and was billed a “historic boost” to food stamps because it was the largest percentage increase to the program.


Finally, the USDA has granted waivers to states so that they can issue emergency allotments, or supplements, that temporarily increase the amount of food stamps that eligible households receive. These emergency allotments are determined on a monthly basis and are only available in states with an emergency or disaster declaration.

For the purposes of this article, we will be discussing the emergency allotments.

How long will the increase in food stamps last?

The USDA will continue issuing emergency allotment waivers until the public health emergency declaration ends. At that time, states will have one additional month to issue extra food stamps. After that, the increase in food stamps will end.

In order to issue the emergency allotments, states must have an emergency or disaster declaration in effect. Some states have already ended their state-level emergency declaration, which means that people in those states are no longer able to receive the increase in food stamps. States that end their emergency declaration early can receive one additional transition month of increased food stamps before returning to their normal food stamp amounts.

Basically, the increase in food stamps will last until either one month after the federal public health emergency declaration ends or one month after your state’s public health emergency declaration ends, whichever comes first. To find out if you can expect the increased food stamps amount this month, check the schedule.

The US Department of Health and Human Services issued a memo pledging to provide States with 60 days’ notice before terminating the public health emergency declaration. That 60 days, in addition to the one-month transition period, means that SNAP households should know approximately three months before the increase in food stamps will end as long as their state doesn’t end the state public health emergency declaration sooner.

What is the purpose of the increase in food stamps?

The purpose of the emergency allotments is to alleviate the burden of extra food costs caused by the pandemic.


In a memo dated April 2021, the USDA wrote, “One year into the pandemic, USDA now believes that pandemic-related temporary food needs are unique and that the pandemic requires a unique response different from short-term relief disaster programs. As such, the agency has estimated that the current pandemic-related temporary food needs experienced by a typical household will be addressed by an additional benefit on top of the household’s standard monthly allotment. The Thrifty Food Plan was not intended for circumstances occasioned by a pandemic, which imposes additional limitations as to where households can shop safely and the variety of foods available to them.”

How much is the increase in food stamps?

The USDA has provided guidance to help states calculate the amount of the emergency allotment. According to that guidance, all households will receive at least $95 from the emergency allotment. However, some households will receive considerably more.

According to the USDA’s guidance, the increase in food stamps is calculated in three steps.

First, the households’ base SNAP benefit level is calculated using 115% of the Thrifty Food Plan (instead of the usual 100%).

Second, the household’s base SNAP benefit level is subtracted from the maximum benefit for their household size to find the difference. According to the USDA guideline, “the Emergency Allotment is the difference between the SNAP household’s base benefit calculation and the maximum benefit for the household size.” For example, if your base benefit calculation for Step 1 is $200 and the maximum benefit for your household size is $500, you’ll receive an emergency allotment of $300.

Finally, all households will receive an emergency allotment of at least $95. That means if the results of the second step are $94 or less, you’ll receive $95 automatically.


When will I get the increase in food stamps?

Every state sets their own schedule for the increase in food stamps. Some states send the emergency allotment with their regular benefit payment so that you receive all of your food stamps funds on one day. Other states issue them days or even weeks later as a separate payment. We have a state-by-state schedule that can help you figure out when you’ll get the increase payment.

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Tammy Danner

Thursday 14th of April 2022

If snap or food stamp benefits expire in north Carolina I am disabled and will only receive 20.00 a month I'm own a fixed income and have to live own 900.00 a month I don't no what I will do it's still hard at times the prices are outrageous and the gas to get to the doctor I pay 310.00 a month for one of my doctor's appointments I have lots of health issues I hope the government thinks about this before they take them tok soon thank you God bless everyone 🙏🙏


Monday 18th of April 2022

I"m so sorry to hear that, I’m glad we were able to help. If you have any questions feel free to talk to Lira, she might be able to help!

Brenda Adams

Friday 4th of March 2022

With grocery prices being so high why would food stamp supplemental program be terminated? Help is still needed for seniors on a limited income.


Saturday 5th of March 2022

Low Income Relief is an information service and does not provide cash or items directly. You will need to search our website for information about organizations that can help you meet those needs. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help! I hope this helps

Tonya Porter

Sunday 20th of February 2022

When do we get February Emergency Stamps


Wednesday 23rd of February 2022

Information on this should be in the article above. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help!