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Changes to SNAP Benefits and Summer EBT for Children Program

January 13, 2023 11:13 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

As a result of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, there will be a new Summer EBT program, along with changes to SNAP benefits.. The SNAP emergency allotments (EAs) will end nationwide after the February 2023 benefit month, though in Missouri SNAP emergency allotment ended December 31, 2022. That means in March 2023, SNAP benefit amounts will be returning to normal for all SNAP households. Under the new guidance, states are not allowed to issue EA benefits for a phase-out month after benefit month February 2023, which was in previous guidance when EAs were to end after the public health emergency expires. This will be an impactful change for many SNAP households in those states still issuing EAs that will see their benefits dropping by $95 or more in some cases. Please read the SNAP benefit Changes 2023 FAQs for more information about the changes, which includes both SNAP and Social Security benefit changes. 

Guidance for the Summer EBT for Children (SEBTC) program, which will be a permanent, nationwide program, is still under development. FMI is reaching out to USDA to learn more information about when the program will start, if states will have to apply or if the benefits will be automatic and eligibility guidelines for children. USDA has repurposed a landing page for the SEBTC program which currently contains information from the 2018/2019 demonstration pilots, however it appears that this is where the new program information will be posted when available. Once we have additional clarity on this program, we will send out the information. 


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