What to Know About Upcoming SNAP Changes in 2023

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Recent Changes Benefit Amounts

Understanding the end of COVID-SNAP extra allotments

All SNAP households will see a change in your SNAP benefit amount starting April 2023.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, all SNAP households — nationwide — have been receiving a temporary extra COVID SNAP benefit allotment each month, in addition to the monthly SNAP benefit amount they qualify for.

All SNAP recipients, nationwide, received their first COVID-SNAP extra allotment in April 2020. And recipients have received this extra allotment every month since. This extra COVID-SNAP benefit brought every SNAP recipient up to the maximum benefit level by household size. Everyone has been receiving the maximum SNAP benefit amount, in response to the COVID-pandemic. 

However, recent action by Congress is ending these additional benefits. If you receive SNAP benefits, the last COVID-SNAP extra allotment you will receive will be on March 2, 2023. This means that in April 2023, you will only receive the benefit amount that you originally qualified for, based on a number of factors including your household size, monthly income and certain expenses. 

If you are currently getting SNAP you have likely received a text from the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) and a letter in the mail informing you that you're not getting the maximum benefit. This change is not the result of any actions on your part, nor is it a penalty for anything you’ve done. Starting in April, your household — and all SNAP recipients across the country —  will get only one SNAP payment. That amount is your normal monthly benefit.

If you're confused about what this means for your SNAP benefits, you’re not alone. Here’s what you need to know.

Am I still enrolled in SNAP?

YES. You are still enrolled in SNAP. The only thing changing is the total benefit amount you will receive monthly. We also encourage you to stay up to date with your SNAP recertification, even if there is a large difference in your monthly benefit amount. There are still many benefits to SNAP, such as qualifying children for free school meals and discounts on utility services.

Do I still qualify for SNAP?

YES. You still qualify for SNAP. You are now just receiving the normal amount that you qualify for, instead of the maximum amount that everyone was receiving during the public health emergency.

Why did my benefit amount change?

The COVID-19 public health emergency is ending and with that Congress has decided to end the extra COVID SNAP benefits as of February 2023. Your benefit amount will change because you're not getting the maximum benefit anymore beginning April 2023. As of April, your household will get only one SNAP payment. That amount is your normal monthly benefit.

This is not a DTA decision to change your benefit amounts, this is a national change for SNAP recipients in every state. Learn more from DTA.

Is there anything I can do?

You can call Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline at 1.800.645.8333 and get re-screened for SNAP — even if you are already receiving SNAP benefits — to see how you can maximize your benefit amount. Project Bread’s counselors can share what additional resources are available to you to help you boost your food budget, put food on the table, and save.

If you have specific questions about your SNAP benefits and your case with DTA, you need to call DTA’s Assistance Line at (877) 382-2363 or visit DTAConnect.com. You can get case information and make certain updates 24/7 via automated prompts on the Assistance Line and speak with a worker Monday through Friday from 8:15am to 4:45pm.

Serving Massachusetts

Support from Project Bread

As an official SNAP Outreach partner to DTA, Project Bread's counselors are here to help you understand these changes. You can connect with our counselors by calling Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline (1.800.645.8333) or online using the popup chat feature below.  If you have any questions about using your EBT card, navigating food resources, maximizing the amount of SNAP benefits you qualify for, or how to apply for and use SNAP — let's chat. 

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Project Bread is an official SNAP Outreach Partner of The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA).

As a SNAP Outreach Partner of DTA, Project Bread's role is to make it easier for people in Massachusetts to get SNAP and help anyone having trouble applying.