As part of the state’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Delaware Division of Social Services will provide emergency payments to qualified households that started last month.
Benefits will be distributed through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and General Assistance programs as well as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (GA). On November 23, Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards will be loaded with the SNAP emergency food benefit. A check for an emergency cash benefit will be sent to eligible TANF and GA households on or after November 23.
An amount of $95 will be loaded to the eligible households as follows, according to an article published in News Delaware:
- SNAP households receiving the maximum food benefit amount for their household size or a prorated initial benefit will receive $95 in emergency food benefits.
- SNAP households with a calculated emergency food benefit amount of less than $95 will have their emergency benefit increased to $95.
- SNAP households with a calculated emergency benefit amount of $95 or more will continue to receive the calculated emergency benefit amount to increase the household’s monthly benefit up to the maximum benefit amount for their household size.
The emergency assistance for TANF and GA families will raise a household’s monthly benefit for each program. The November emergency cash grants are not available to households that already receive the maximum TANF or GA benefit level or who get a prorated benefit in November.
Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Released a Statement
Delaware Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Molly Magarik said, “We are grateful once again to the federal government and the congressional delegation to offer these enhanced benefits to our residents and families most in need in our state.”
She continued, “We do, however, expect the public health emergency to end sometime in early 2023, which will also mean the end to these expanded benefits. We do not want those who rely on these additional funds to be caught off guard, which is why we continue to encourage Delawareans receiving these benefits to start preparing for that day now.”