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New extra SNAP benefits: who will receive it and what amounts

A small portion of SNAP recipients will see an extra amount added to their EBT cards. We took a look at who will see the small bump in benefits.

Estados UnidosUpdate:
SNAP benefits boost will end this month
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The United States offers a number of social programs to aid low-income residents, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which focuses on food assistance.

SNAP is a federal program run by the US Department of Agriculture but administered by the states who usually depend on county governments to enroll beneficiaries and manage the program. Households receiving SNAP are sent an EBT card, which functions like a debit card, and each month money is added to an account associated with the card that can only be used to purchase certain food and household products. The amount varies depending on the number of people who live in the home and the state in which the beneficiary lives.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government approved an increase of $95 for SNAP recipients to better provide crisis relief. However, this increase ended on 1 March after almost three years. As inflation continues to drive up food prices, these dollars are sorely missed by many households enrolled in SNAP.

Some SNAP beneficiaries in California could see a small increase

California residents have reported that their EBT cards have been loaded with additional funds.

For those who have seen an extra deposit in their accounts, this $20 bump in benefits is provided through the State of California’s Utility Assistance Grant. Note that the $20 deposit is an annual payment, meaning the extra money is only received once per certification period.

To receive the extra benefit of $20 per year, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a CalFresh recipient;
  • Not have separate utility bills related to rent or a mortgage;
  • Not be eligible for the maximum CalFresh benefit;;
  • Not received the maximum housing deduction;
  • Not received a higher benefit due to the Homeless Shelter Deduction; and
  • Meet income limits.

For more information on the State Utility Assistance Grant, contact the CalFresh offices directly at 877-847-3663.