Pandemic SNAP benefits end for thousands of Georgia families

ATLANTA — On Tuesday, June 1, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will return to normal levels in Georgia.

This means that thousands of Georgia families will no longer have access to extra SNAP benefits.

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The pandemic benefits helped families pay for groceries and added an extra $75 to their monthly total budget. It also made more people eligible for benefits.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a one-month transition period in May for Georgia to go from pandemic to non-pandemic SNAP benefit levels.

In March 2020, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to fight the negative economic impacts of COVID-19.

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This law allowed states to waive certain eligibility requirements and add a minimum of $95 to each SNAP household’s monthly benefits.

Starting in June, each SNAP household in Georgia will receive benefits based on the usual factors in determining eligibility, including household size, income, and deductions.

With this change, each SNAP household’s benefits will vary based on their income and costs.

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