Since March 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been approving Extra food stamps benefits to be distributed to states in response to the COVID-19 emergency. One of the questions we often get is this: Are we getting extra food stamps this month? In this post, we will answer the question, including providing a list of states that are approved for extra food stamps for April 2023.
Additionally, we will provide information on whether extra SNAP benefits will be issued next month for May 2023.
Also, some states have decided to cut back or completely stop issuing extra food stamps benefits. We will provide a list of these states.
Lastly, we will update you on how long the extra food stamps benefits will last and when the USDA will stop issuing them.
Are we getting Extra Food Stamps this Month?
No, as of April 13, 2023, states and U.S. territories, including California will not be issuing extra food stamps for April 2023.
The federal Extra Food Stamps Program has come to an end of of March 1, 2023.
However, Massachusetts has decided to issue state-funded extra food stamps for April 2023. To learn more about the state-funded extra SNAP benefits, read this article.
California has not decided to issue state-funded extra food stamps, but we are hopeful that they will follow along and do the same.
We will update this article if anything happens to change with the extra food stamps for April 2023.
List of states that issued Extra SNAP in February 2023
The last month to receive the federal Extra SNAP benefits was February 2023.
Here’s the list of 33 states and territories that issued extra food stamps benefits in February 2023:
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
Are they giving Extra Food Stamps Next Month?
No, extra SNAP benefits will not be issued in May 2023.
The current COVID public health emergency ended on February 28, 2023.
This means that February 2023 was the last month to receive extra SNAP through the COVID-19 Emergency Allotment Program.
Additionally, the administration gave the states a 60-day notice before ending the emergency declaration.
Therefore, states that are currently issuing extra SNAP benefits will not be issuing benefits in May 2023.
The extra SNAP benefits were already cut back or completely expired in 16 states.
They include Wyoming, Kentucky, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Tennessee.
Here’s the bottom line:
First, no states and territories have been approved to issue extra SNAP benefits for April 2023, at the time of writing this article.
Additionally, they will not be issued in May 2023 unless the extra food stamps are funded directly by the state.
Furthermore, the extra SNAP benefits program expired as of March 1, 2023.
Lastly, if you have not received your extra SNAP benefits and your state has been approved to issue benefits for February 2023, contact your state’s food stamps agency.
We hope this post on the question – “Are we getting extra food stamps this month?” was helpful.
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