In February, all Coloradans who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will continue to receive the maximum monthly amount of money. In Colorado, SNAP provides monthly assistance to more than 250,000 households and 499,000 people, ensuring low-income families’ well-being by providing money to buy food.
How to get increased SNAP benefits?
Since March 2020, Colorado has satisfied the requirements for requesting this additional help, and the federal government has authorized an emergency allocation, also known as maximum allotment, every month. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this offers SNAP beneficiaries more money to buy food.
The Emergency Allotment brings all SNAP families up to the maximum amount of money for food they can get for the size of their home, rather than merely the amount of money for the food that they were receiving before the outbreak. Between the 6th and 11th of February, the money from the emergency allotment will be disbursed.
According to Burlington, these supplemental benefits will be issued immediately on SNAP members’ EBT cards, so they don’t have to do anything to get them. The Hunger-Free Colorado Hunger Hotline at 855-855-4626 or 2-1-1, or online at the Colorado PEAK website, can help Coloradans who are suffering hunger or trying to purchase healthy food and are not currently enrolled in SNAP benefits at any time.
Not everyone is eligible for SNAP benefits
The federal SNAP benefits are administered by the CDHS Food and Energy Assistance Division (FEAD). Its goal is to protect the health and well-being of low-income, financially eligible households by providing food assistance benefits that can be exchanged for food at authorized retailers.
Every month, more than $87 million in food assistance is distributed across the state, benefiting more than 250,000 homes and 499,000 people.
Even if they fulfill the income standards, some persons may not be eligible for SNAP benefits, according to the CBPP. Individuals who are on strike, those without a documented immigration status, some college students who are more than half-time students, and certain immigrants who are legally present are all included in this category.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, you must apply for SNAP benefits in the state where you presently live and fulfill the income and resource requirements. Each year, the SNAP qualifying conditions are revised, as per Go Banking Rates.