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

(updated April 7, 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 stimulus payment, learn more here.

The latest.

Coronavirus and food stamp (SNAP) benefits.

Food stamps are on the normal schedule and will be in April as well.

Several states have announced that are releasing additional benefits to some households. We will add specific updates to the list of states below as we receive more information.

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 unemployment benefits.

Many states have expanded unemployment benefits to help workers impacted by the virus. 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.

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

Arkansas

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Arkansas household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase. Learn more here.
    • If you got additional benefits in March, you’ll get them again in April on this schedule:
      • If your social security number ends with 0-3: April 15th
      • If your social security number ends with 4-6: April 20th
      • If your social security number ends with 7-9: April 25th
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, or May may receive an extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Arkansas Department of Workforce Services

California

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.
    • Eligible households will get additional benefits on April 9th and April 20th. 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 1st, 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.
  • Unemployment information: Delaware Department of Labor

District of Columbia

Florida

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Florida household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase. Learn more here.
    • Eligible households will get additional benefits on this schedule:
      • Additional March benefits will arrive as early as April 3rd.
      • Additional April benefits will arrive on April 8th if you normally get your benefits from April 1 - 7th.
      • Additional April benefits will arrive on the normal schedule if you normally get your benefits after April 7th.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in April or May may receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

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 March, you’ll get them again on the normal April schedule. 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: Georgia Department of Labor

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.
    • Eligible households will get additional benefits by April 20th and around the same date in May. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Illinois Department of Economic Security

Indiana

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Indiana 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.
    • 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: Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Iowa

  • 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.
    • 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, or May may receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Iowa Workforce Development

Kansas

Kentucky

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 March, you’ll get them again on April 17th. 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

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.
    • 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

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.
    • Eligible households will get additional benefits in April, but we don’t know the exact date. 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: Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance

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.
    • Eligible households will get additional benefits in April, but we don’t know the exact date. Learn more here.
    • Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, or May may receive an extension.
  • Unemployment information: Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

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.
    • Households that got additional benefits in March will again on the normal schedule in April. [Learn more here.](If you got additional benefits in March, you’ll get them again on the normal April schedule.)
    • 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 Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

New Mexico

New York State

  • SNAP updates
    • 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

North Carolina

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every North Carolina 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, but we do not know the exact date. 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: North Carolina Employment Security Division

North Dakota

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every North Carolina 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 on April 10th and April 21st. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: North Dakota Job Services

Ohio

Oklahoma

  • SNAP updates:
  • Every North Carolina household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. Households that aren’t currently receiving the max amount will receive an increase. Learn more here.
    • Eligible households will get additional benefits on this schedule:
    • Additional March benefits will arrive between April 1st and April 10th.
    • Additional April benefits will arrive between April 10th and April 30th.
  • Unemployment information: Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

Oregon

Pennsylvania

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 on April 1st, you’ll get them again on April 8th. 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

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

  • SNAP updates:
    • Every Tennessee 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, or May may receive a 6-month extension.
  • Unemployment information: Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Texas

Utah

Vermont

U.S. Virgin Islands

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 March, you’ll get them again on April 16th. 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

Washington

  • 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.
    • Eligible households that normally get benefits from April 1 - 3 got additional benefits on April 4th. Eligible households that normally get benefits from April 4 - 20 will get additional benefits on the normal schedule. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Washington State Economic Security Department

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.
  • Unemployment information: West Virginia Department of Workforce

Wisconsin

Wyoming

  • 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.
    • Eligible households will get additional benefits around April 7th, and again in May. Learn more here.
  • Unemployment information: Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Have questions? Is this information incorrect or out of date? Email help@freshebt.com and we’ll do our best to get back to you.

Fresh EBT is not part of the government and we do not guarantee the accuracy of this information. If you have specific questions about your SNAP case, please contact your caseworker or local human services office.

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