Shari's Update - 2/2/2023
Our next Free Community Meal will be hosted by St Peter Roman Catholic Church, 4 S 5th St, Coplay from 4-6pm. This is Dine-in only for the 1st 100 guests. Questions: 610-262-2417.
The last EXTRA payment for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients will be sent in February. SNAP was previously known as Food Stamps. SNAP has a maximum monthly amount based on the household size and the money can only be used for food purchases. For example, a household of 1 may receive up to a maximum of $281 a month. Divide that by 31 days, this comes out to $9.06 a day. A household of 4, maximum payment is up to $938 or $7.56 a day per person; and a household of 8 is $1691 or $6.82 per person.
WCHI and all Food Pantries are expecting rising new guest registrations to occur for the next several months due to reduced SNAP income starting in March and due to the continued increases in food and gas prices. We also expect to have guests return that have not been attending on a regular basis. WCHI is currently feeding close to 1,000 people a month. WCHI, and many other agencies, are making a difference in people’s lives.
The New SNAP 2022-2023 Monthly Income Guidelines to qualify vary by household size. For example, a one-person household monthly income max is $2,266; a four-person monthly household income max is $4,626. To see if you qualify for SNAP benefits and to apply over the phone, please contact Second Harvest Food Bank 484-821-2406.
Below is from the PA Department of Human Services website https://tinyurl.com/4uunn3ak
END OF SNAP EXTRA PAYMENTS: SNAP Emergency Allotments (EAs) are an additional SNAP payment that has been paid during the second half of each month since the pandemic started in 2020. These payments were authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Starting in March 2023, SNAP households will only receive their regular SNAP payment.
IF YOU HAVE CHIDREN: SNAP recipients who are pregnant or have kids under 5 may be able to get help buying food from PA WIC. You can call 1-800-WIC-WINS or apply online at https://www.pawic.com/
IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE ARE A SENIOR RECEIVING SNAP: Beyond local charitable food programs like community food pantries, there are two food assistance programs specifically in place to help seniors access fresh, nutritious foods. The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program provides eligible seniors with vouchers redeemable at more than 800 farm stands and more than 200 farmers' markets in Pennsylvania. The Senior Food Box Program can also provide eligible seniors with additional shelf-stable groceries. WCHI DOES PROVIDE SENIOR BOXES. Call Gail at 484-951-8447 for more information.
When is the final extra payment? February 2023 will be the last month EAs are sent, and SNAP households will only receive one regular SNAP payment starting in March. This change will happen automatically for all SNAP recipients.
Why are the Emergency Allotments ending? EAs are ending due to passage of the recent federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023.
I have extra SNAP funds on my card. Will they expire after February 2023? No – any unspent SNAP funds roll over each month. As long as you use your EBT card regularly, your SNAP benefits will not expire. SNAP benefits only expire if you do not use your card for nine months.
How will I know if my SNAP payment is changing? This extra payment is ending for all SNAP households in March 2023. All recipients will receive a notice via mail about the change in SNAP payments and resources available if they need help because of this change.
I hope you found this information helpful. Have a great week!!
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