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Are there extra snap benefits in February?

States which are still under big covid-19 threat will automatically give SNAP recipients the maximum credit for their vouchers.

People shop for fruit at a market in Beijing on February 16, 2022.
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP, was given a boost last year as millions of families across the United States saw an increase in their benefits. This increase is expected to be between $12 and $15 per person. SNAP covers funds towards food for low-income families. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), which manages the program, has more than 9.3 million households and over 21 million people who received SNAP benefits in August 2021.

There are emergency measures in place to ensure SNAP receivers get all the money they need. One of these measures covers the covid-19 pandemic, meaning states which meet certain covid-19 qualifiers, such as having high rate of infection, automatically receive the maximum possible money.

If you are from any of these states then expect to receive the maximum payment for February.

All states with emergency values for SNAP rollout

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

What is the maximum you could receive?

For families of four people living in the 48 contiguous US states, including the District of Columbia, the maximum allocation for the year will be $835.

For families of four people living in Alaska, the maximum is between $1,074 and $1,667 in Alaska, while people in Hawaii can receive a maximum of $1,573.

In two US dependencies, families in Guam can receive a maximum of $1,231, while those in the US Virgin Islands can receive up to $1,074, the same as the minimum in Alaska.

The list of states under emergency measures are always in flux and are likely to change by March.

The benefits are sent out at a different time in each state, and you can find out when yours will arrive here.