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MDHS announces transition of emergency SNAP benefits linked to pandemic


JACKSON, Mississippi (WJTV) – As of March 2020, Mississippi has obtained monthly approval from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to issue Emergency Allowance (EA) to assist Household Supplemental Nutritional Assistance (SNAP) ) during the COVID-19 pandemic. They granted families the maximum allowable benefits depending on the number of people in the household.

Officials said the issuance of the EA, including additional temporary benefit enhancements, increased the amount of SNAP benefits households would otherwise receive under non-emergency conditions. The Mississippi Department of Social Services (MDHS) plans to deliver approximately $ 1.5 billion in SNAP profits to Mississippi neighbors in the 2021 calendar year.

Mississippi’s emergency proclamation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic expired on November 20, 2021. Without an emergency proclamation in place, MDHS officials said federal regulations prevent Mississippi from granting medical benefits. emergency to SNAP beneficiaries from January 2022.

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service has approved the deadline for Mississippi to transition from pandemic to non-pandemic (regular) issuance of SNAP benefits. December 2021 will be a “transition” period, serving as the final month for SNAP households to receive SNAP emergency benefits. Beneficiaries will receive their benefits on December 2, 2021.

As of January 2022, the amount of SNAP benefit a household will receive will be based on the usual factors to determine eligibility – household size, income and allowable deductions – and will not be supplemented by additional emergency benefits. . The estimated average monthly reduction in benefits will be $ 80.

For the month of December, households currently receiving SNAP benefits will be eligible for an additional benefit for December 2021. Similar benefits were provided for SNAP certified households for previous months.

To verify eligibility for SNAP services, the SNAP preselection tool is accessible here.