Although many low-income parents will lose out on the extended advance Child Tax Credit for the second month in a row this February, some states may have additional support through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP is a food stamp program that helps low-income families and individuals.
SNAP benefits are provided on an electronic benefits transfer card, which users may use to buy qualified foods at designated retail locations. As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, some qualifying standards have been dropped in some states until February.
States with extended SNAP benefits
The US Department of Agriculture has given these waivers to states that have declared an emergency or catastrophe. In these states, emergency allotments are equal to the maximum benefit for the household size, less the monthly base benefit, which is dependent on bank balances. According to Go Banking Rates, the following states have extended the waivers:
- District of Columbia
- New Jersey
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Per AS via MSN, emergency procedures have been put in place to guarantee that SNAP beneficiaries receive all of the funds they require. One of these methods addresses the COVID-19 pandemic, with states receiving the maximum amount of money if they match particular COVID-19 criteria, such as having a high rate of infection.
The maximum amount for a family of four in Alaska is between $1,074 and $1,667, whereas the highest amount for a family of four in Hawaii is $1,573. Families in Guam can get up to $1,231, while those in the US Virgin Islands can receive up to $1,074, which is the same as the Alaska minimum.