Del. SNAP Program issuing emergency benefits to participants

NEW CASTLE, Del. – Beginning April 1st, emergency benefits will be made available to Delaware Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants as the result of a provision set forth by the federal Families First Coronavirus Responses Act of 2020.

Under this act, which was approved by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 18th, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services will issue emergency benefits to any household not already receiving the maximum monthly benefit. Participants who already receive the maximum monthly benefit will not receive additional funds.

We’re told the emergency benefits will allow the household’s monthly allotment to increase to the maximum allowed for a household of that size, as follows:

  • 1 person in household = $194 maximum benefit amount
  • 2 people in household = $355 maximum benefit amount
  • 3 people in household = $509 maximum benefit amount
  • 4 people in household = $646 maximum benefit amount
  • 5 people in household = $768 maximum benefit amount
  • 6 people in household = $921 maximum benefit amount
  • 7 people in household = $1,018 maximum benefit amount
  • 8 people in household = $1,164 maximum benefit amount
  • Each additional person = $146

These benefits will be released Tuesday evening, March 31st, and will automatically load to recipients’ Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards for use starting Wednesday, April 1st. Emergency benefits for April will be issued on April 30th and available on May 1st. SNAP households will receive their regular April benefits on their usual issuance date.

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