SNAP EMERGENCY ALLOTMENT BENEFITS ARE ENDING
SNAP emergency allotments are ending and will return to pre-pandemic funding levels
What you need to know
New Jerseyans who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are going to see a reduction in their monthly amount after February. The additional benefit amounts, which began in March of 2020, are ending and the last of the emergency allotment benefits will be delivered in February. SNAP benefits will continue in March and beyond, but the levels will return to pre-pandemic levels.
Why is this change happening?
This change is happening because of the recent congressional action; the temporary increase to SNAP benefits is ending after February 2023. With this new change, SNAP households will see a reduction in monthly benefits to the pre-pandemic amount.
Where Can I Get Help with Food?
For emergency food resources, please visit foodbanksj.org/zip-code-locator to find a distribution near you.
Where Can I Find More Information?
Visit the NJ Department of Human Services’ SNAP during COVID-19 website to learn more, and view some frequently asked questions below.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are emergency allotments?
NJ SNAP households have been getting an extra amount of benefits every month since March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These extra benefits or “emergency allotments” were authorized by Congress, but were temporary and will be ending in March 1, 2023. Most households have been getting these emergency allotments on top of their regular SNAP benefits.
Why are emergency allotments ending?
Emergency allotments are ending due to recent congressional action. Unfortunately, there is nothing the state or counties can do to extend the emergency allotment benefits once they have ended.
How will this impact me?
A final emergency allotment will be issued in February. You will see a reduction in your monthly SNAP benefits beginning in March. This may have a significant impact on families.
Will I still get SNAP benefits after the emergency allotment ends?
Yes, you will continue to receive your regular SNAP benefits as long as you remain eligible for this program. Your benefit amounts are based on a number of factors, including household size, income and your specific circumstances.
If you or someone you know needs immediate help with food resources, visit our zip code locator to find the food pantry closest to you. For more information about additional food resources, visit www.nj211.org/njsnap or text your zip code to 898-211.