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How COVID-19 (coronavirus) impacts food stamp (SNAP) benefits and more.

(updated May 22, 2020)

The financial impact of the coronavirus has been devastating. To help you during this crisis, states are starting to introduce changes to food stamps (SNAP), unemployment, and other benefits.

We’ll be adding helpful information to the list of states below as we receive it.

If you’re looking for information about your economic impact payment, learn more here.

The latest.

Coronavirus and food stamp (SNAP) benefits.

Food stamps are on the normal schedule.

There are two types of additional benefits your state may send out during this time:

  • Maximum benefits: Most states are sending out the maximum benefits for each household size. This means households in these states will receive an increase if they weren’t already receiving the max amount of benefits.
  • P-EBT: Some states are sending out additional benefits to families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs.

We will add specific updates to the list of states below as we receive more information. These additional benefits will be automatically added to your EBT card. You don’t need to call to confirm or apply.

If you haven’t already, download the Fresh EBT app to get information about important changes and track your EBT balance: Download Fresh EBT

Coronavirus and evictions.

Many states are taking actions to protect people from evictions. If you’re facing eviction, you may be able to prevent it. Learn more and get help at justshelter.org.

Coronavirus and unemployment benefits.

Many states are expanding unemployment benefits to help workers impacted by the coronavirus, including part-time, self-employed, and gig workers. Even if you only had your job briefly, you might still qualify.

Please check with your state’s Department of Labor site in the list of states below for more information.

Coronavirus and utility bills.

Many utility companies (power, gas, water) are keeping services on for people who can’t pay their bills because of the virus.

Call your utility company directly for more information. If you’re deciding between paying a bill and buying food or essential items, call first!

You may still owe past balances.

Coronavirus and healthcare.

Some states are extending Medicaid recertifications. We will add specific updates to the list of states below as we receive more information.

Additional resources.

Many companies and organizations are stepping up to help people who need it right now. We’re sharing these resources in the Fresh EBT app to help you:

  • Find food for your family
  • Find jobs
  • Entertain and educate kids at home
  • Stay healthy, physically and mentally
  • And more, every day.

Download Fresh EBT to find the support you need now.


State information.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Arizona household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits in April, you might get them again in May. We’ll update this page when we learn more. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting $195 per student for March and April and $120 per student for May. Eligible households will get additional benefits at the end of April and again at the beginning of May. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May, or June may receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Arizona Department of Economic Security
  • Medicaid information: Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System

Arkansas

California

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every California household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits on April 11th, you’ll get them again on May 10th. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting $365 per student. Eligible households will begin receiving P-EBT cards May 12th through May 22nd. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, or May may receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: California Employment Development Department
  • Medicaid information: Executive Order N-29-20

Colorado

Connecticut

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Connecticut household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting $267.90 per student. Eligible households will get additional benefits in mid-May. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May, or June may receive an extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Connecticut Department of Labor

Delaware

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Delaware household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits on April 30th, you’ll get them again on May 29th. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May, or June may receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting $193.80 per student for March and April. Households with eligible students got P-EBT the week of May 11th. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Delaware Department of Labor
  • Medicaid information: Delaware Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Georgia household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits in April, you’ll get them again at the end of May. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May, or June may receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Georgia Department of Labor
  • Medicaid information: Georgia Gateway

Guam

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Illinois household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits on April 20th, you’ll get them again around the same date in May. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting $57 per student for March and $125.40 per student for April. Eligible households will get additional benefits from April 20th to April 30th. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June may receive a 6-month renewal extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Illinois Department of Economic Security
  • Medicare information: Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

Indiana

Iowa

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Iowa household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • Eligible households will get additional benefits in April and May on the normal schedule. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May, or June may receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Iowa Workforce Development
  • Medicaid information: Iowa Department of Human Services

Kansas

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Kansas household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • Eligible households got additional benefits in April (beginning on April 15th) and again on the normal May schedule. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting up to $291 per student. Households with eligible students will get P-EBT on their EBT cards in the next few weeks. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in April, May, or June may receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Kansas Department of Labor
  • Medicaid information: Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Kentucky

  • SNAP updates:
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting additional benefits. Households with eligible students will get P-EBT on their EBT cards, but we don’t know the date yet. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, or May may receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Kentucky Career Center

Louisiana

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Louisiana household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits in April, you’ll get them again the week of May 18th. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting up to $285 per student. In order to receive P-EBT benefits, families with eligible children must apply before June 7th. Learn more here.
    • If you received a letter telling you to reapply for your benefits by April 15th, your case has been temporarily extended and you will NOT receive an interview at this time. In the coming months, DCFS will mail you a notice with your new interview date and time. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Louisiana Workforce Commission
  • Medicaid information: Louisiana Department of Health

Maine

Maryland

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Maryland household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • Eligible households will get additional benefits in April and May, but we don’t know the exact date. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting additional benefits per student. Benefits for March, April, and May will be issued in June. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, or May may receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Maryland Department of Labor
  • Medicaid information: Maryland Department of Health

Massachusetts

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Massachusettes household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits in April, you might get them again in May. We’ll update this page when we learn more. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting additional benefits per student in May. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May, or June may receive an extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance
  • Medicaid information: MassHealth

Michigan

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Michigan household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits in April, you might get them again in May. We’ll update this page when we learn more. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting $193.80 per student for March and April and $182.40 per student for May and June. Eligible households got additional P-EBT benefits from around April 6th to April 17th. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity
  • Medicaid information: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Minnesota

Mississippi

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Mississippi household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits in April, you got them again on May 2nd. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, or May may receive an extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Mississippi Department of Employment Security

Missouri

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Missouri household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits in May, you’ll get them again in on the normal June schedule. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting $302 per eligible student for March, April, and May. Households with eligible students will get P-EBT on their EBT cards, but we don’t know the date yet. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, or May may receive an extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Medicaid information: Missouri Department of Social Services

Montana

Nebraska

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Nebraska household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits on May 7th, you’ll get them again on June 6th. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June may receive a renewal extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Nebraska Department of Labor

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every New Jersey household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits in April, you might get them again in May. We’ll update this page when we learn more. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting $416.10 per eligible child. Households with eligible students will get P-EBT no later than June. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June may receive a renewal extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Medicaid information: New Jersey Department of Human Services

New Mexico

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every New Mexico household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits in April, you’ll get them again in May, but we don’t know the exact date. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting additional benefits per student in mid-May. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, or May may receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions
  • Medicaid information: New Mexico Human Services Department

New York

  • SNAP updates
    • Every New York household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits in April, you’ll get them again at the end of May. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting $193 per eligible child for March and April and $227 per eligible child for May and June. Households with eligible studnts will receive P-EBT for March and April on June 2nd, and benefits for May and June at the end of June. Learn more here.
    • Recertifications are postponed due to COVID-19. If you have a recertification currently scheduled or one coming, you DO NOT need to recertify and your benefits will continue. You will get a letter at a later date telling you when to recertify. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: New York Department of Labor
  • Medicaid information (NYC): NYC Human Resources Administration

North Carolina

North Dakota

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every North Dakota household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits in April, you might get them again in May. We’ll update this page when we learn more. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting P-EBT for March on May 9th, for April on May 16th, and for May on May 23rd. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: North Dakota Job Services

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

  • SNAP updates:
  • Every Oregon household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
    • If you got additional benefits on April 10th, you got them again on May 8th.
    • First-time SNAP households: Eligible households got additional benefits on April 29th and will again on May 28th. Learn more here.
  • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting $69 per student for March, $126 per student for April, $120 per student for May. Households with eligible students will get one combined deposit in late May. Learn more here.
  • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May, or June may receive an extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Oregon Employment Department

Pennsylvania

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Pennsylvania household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits in April, you’ll get them again between May 15th and May 29th. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting up to $370.50 per student for March, April, May and June. Households with eligible students will get P-EBT on their EBT cards, but we don’t know the date yet. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May, or June may receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Rhode Island household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits in April, you got them again on May 1st. We’ll update this page when we learn more. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting $193.80 per student for March and April. Eligible households got additional P-EBT on April 20th. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, or May may receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
  • Medicaid information: Health Source RI

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Texas household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits in April, you’ll get them again by May 15th. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting $285 per student for March, April, May and June. Households with eligible students will get P-EBT on their EBT cards by May 22nd. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May, or June may receive an extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Texas Workforce Commission
  • Medicaid information: Texas Health and Human Services

Utah

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Utah household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits on April 26th, you’ll get them again on May 31st. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Utah Workforce Services

Vermont

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Vermont household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits on May 16th, you’ll get them again on June 16th. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting $387.60 per student for March, April, May and June. Households with eligible students will get P-EBT on their EBT cards by May 27th. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Vermont Department of of Labor

U.S. Virgin Islands

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Virgin Islands household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits on April 11th, you’ll get them again on May 16th. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, or May may receive an extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Labor

Virginia

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Virginia household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits in April, you will get them again on May 11th. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs will get P-EBT on their EBT cards in the next two weeks. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, or May may receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Virginia Employment Commission
  • Medicaid information: Virginia Department of Social Services

Washington

West Virginia

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every West Virginia household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits on April 3rd, you’ll get them again on May 1st. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, or May may receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting additional benefits per student on or before the end of May. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: West Virginia Department of Workforce

Wisconsin

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Wisconsin household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase.
      • If you got additional benefits in April, you’ll get them again on May 24th. Learn more here.
    • Families that are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs are getting 176.70 per student for March and April and $148.20 per student for May and June. Households with eligible students got P-EBT on April 27th and will again in late May. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May, or June may receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Wyoming


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