SNAP Program Benefits & Eligibility Update

Posted April 27, 2020 by Adam in

All households participating in SNAP will get the maximum benefit per their size beyond May. Emergency allotments for SNAP food assistance are extended on a month-by-month basis. For example, a household of one will now automatically get their monthly food benefits increased to $194. Families of four will get $646 per month.

Now is the time to apply for SNAP food assistance. More Kansans will get more food benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even before the pandemic, many Kansans were not accessing SNAP. Two in three eligible seniors did not participate last year. The emergency allotments will also boost the food budgets of many working families and individuals with disabilities who receive small amounts of benefits per month.

By applying for SNAP, you’re also helping your community and local economy. Participation numbers help your school district qualify for universal free meal programs (i.e. CEP). In times of economic hardship, food benefits keep our local grocery stores afloat. SNAP participants pumped $265 million into the Kansas economy last year. These pandemic-related SNAP provisions will add well over $100 million more benefits this year. For every $1 of SNAP food benefits you spend at the store, you will be generating $1.70 of economic activity.

How to apply:

  • DCF’s self-service portal at: cssp.kees.ks.gov
  • Paper applications are available outside DCF service centers. You can leave your completed application(s) in drop boxes outside the centers.
  • Harvesters Community Food Network can help you apply via phone: (877) 653-9522
    More information: harvesters.org/Get-Help/Snap

You can see the State’s Emergency Food Assistance Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Don’t miss the Shawnee County Research & Extension’s event on Monday, April 27, at 3 p.m. with Harvesters and Wesley House for a LIVE SNAP application walk-through and updates on SNAP during COVID-19: https://www.facebook.com/events/711941599548949/

Adam

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