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SNAP – Extension of Temporary Increase in Maximum Allotments due to COVID-19

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FNS-GD-2021-0022
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DATE: March 12, 2021
SUBJECT: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – Extension of Temporary Increase in Maximum Allotments due to COVID-19
TO: All SNAP State Agencies
All Regions

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 signed by President Joseph R. Biden on March 11, 2021, extends increases to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) maximum allotments from July 1, 2021, through Sept. 30, 2021. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, raised maximum allotments to 115 percent of the June 2020 value of the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) from Jan. 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021.

This memorandum replaces the memo issued on Dec. 28, 2020, entitled SNAP – Temporary Increase in Maximum Allotments due to COVID-19. For ease of reference, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is reissuing the revised maximum SNAP allotment amounts by household size for the 48 states and D.C., Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

Additionally, this change also extends the increase in the Combined Application Project (CAP) standardized benefit amounts through Sept. 30, 2021. States that operate CAPs should refer to the memo issued on Jan. 29, 2021, entitled SNAP – Changes in Combined Application Project (CAP) Benefit Allotments due to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.”

Attached are FY 2021 maximum allotments for each household size for the 48 contiguous states and D.C., Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands from Jan. 1, 2021, through Sept. 30, 2021.

If you have any questions about this adjustment, please contact your FNS regional office representatives.

Sasha Gersten-Paal
Director
Program Development Division

 

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Updated: 03/12/2021

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.