Recipients of Delaware Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funds for the months of March and April may be eligible for increased benefits as part of a provision set forth by the federal Families First Coronavirus Responses Act of 2020.
The act provides funding that will allow health officials to issue emergency benefits to any household not already receiving the maximum monthly benefit. The maximum benefits range from $194 for a single person to $646 for a family of four and $1,164 for a family of eight; each additional person after that adds $146.
SNAP households that already receive the maximum monthly benefit will not receive additional funds.
The emergency benefits for March will be released Tuesday, March 31, and will automatically load to recipients’ SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer cards for use starting Wednesday, April 1.Emergency benefits for April will be issued Thursday, April 30, and be available Friday, May 1. SNAP households will receive their regular April benefits on their usual issuance date.
“These emergency benefits will provide much-needed relief for many Delawareans who are struggling to meet their families’ food and nutritional needs because of the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus crisis,” said Dr. Kara Odom Walker, Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services.
More than 120,000 Delawareans receive SNAP benefits. The average size of a SNAP household in Delaware is 2.04 individuals and the average monthly benefit amount is $233. Individuals seeking to apply for SNAP benefits in Delaware may apply online through https://assist.dhss. delaware.gov/ or by phone at 1-866-843-7212.