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Are we getting Extra Food Stamps this Month? – October 2022

Last Updated on 10/2/22

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 next month – October 2022.

Additionally, we will provide information on whether extra food stamps will be issued next month for November 2022.

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?

Yes, as of October 2, 2022, 26 states and U.S territories, including California, have been approved by the USDA to issue extra food stamps benefits for October 2022.

  • Alabama
  • California
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Michigan
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

However, it is important to note that this list will continue to grow as more states are approved by the USDA to issue extra SNAP for October.

Also, it is safe to assume that almost all the states that issued extra SNAP benefits in September will issue benefits in October. See below for the September list.

Check with your state’s food stamps agency for a date on when benefits will be deposited on EBT cards in your state.

List of states that issued Extra SNAP in September 2022

Here’s the list of states and territories that issued extra food stamps benefits in September:

  • Alabama
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Utah
  • Virgin Islands
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Are they giving Extra Food Stamps Next Month?

Yes, the current COVID-19 emergency declaration expires on October 15, 2022, and the HHS has not provided any indication it plans to end the declaration next month.

Therefore, states that are currently issuing extra SNAP benefits will be expected to issue benefits for November 2022.

However, extra SNAP benefits have been cut back or completely stopped in 16 states.

They include Wyoming, Kentucky, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Tennessee.

How long will Extra SNAP benefits Last?

It is expected that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will extend the COVID-19 emergency declaration by another 90 days when the current extension expires in October 2022.

According to Politico:

State and local public health officials — having not heard differently this week — are expecting the Biden administration to extend the Covid-19 public health emergency for another 90 days in mid-October.”

This is also confirmed by Axios:

The Biden administration appears headed toward extending the COVID-19 public health emergency for another three months, allowing special powers and programs to continue past the midterm election.”

60 Day Notice

Additionally, the HHS has promised states a 60 days advance notice before the COVID-19 emergency declaration is ended.

This means that it is reasonable to expect that extra SNAP benefits will be issued through January 2023 at least.

Yes. California has requested and been approved by the USDA to issue CalFresh emergency allotments for the month of October 2022.

This is because the Biden administration recently extended the national Covid public health emergency for another 90 days.

With this extension, the federal declaration will end in October, unless it is extended again.

However, we will not know the definite end date of the extra SNAP program until we get the 60-day notice from the HHS.

Summary

Here’s the bottom line:

First, about 26 states and territories have so far been approved to issue extra SNAP benefits for October 2022, at the time of writing this article.

Additionally, there is a great chance that all 34 states and territories that issued extra benefits in September will issue extra SNAP benefits in October 2022.

Also, 16 states have either cut back on their extra SNAP program or completely eliminated it.

Furthermore, the extra SNAP benefits program will probably last through January 2023.

Lastly, if you have not received your extra SNAP benefits and your state has been approved to issue benefits for September 2022, contact your state’s food stamps agency.

Questions?

We hope this post on the question – “Are we getting extra food stamps this month?” was helpful.

If you have further questions about Food Stamps or EBT Card, please let us know in the comments section below.

Also, be sure to check out our other articles about California SNAP and EBT, including:

Kwame Kuadey

Kwame Kuadey writes about personal finance and the social safety net. His career started in banking but he caught the entrepreneurial bug and has spent the last decade building successful businesses, including an Inc. 500 Company. Kwame believes everyone has the power to improve their quality of life by seeking knowledge and taking action. In 2012, Kwame founded Empower Media to help low-income households improve their financial situation. His expertise is in topics relevant to low-income households, including government benefits and assistance, banking products, access to credit, plus tools & resources to help reduce income volatility and build wealth. Kwame has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, Washington Post, ABC, and NPR.

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