(WHTM) HARRISBURG, PA Pennsylvanians were notified by Acting Secretary of the Department of Human Services Val Arkoosh of forthcoming changes to SNAP benefits.
The Emergency Allotment (EA) extra payment instituted during the COVID-19 health emergency will be discontinued in March, and households will once again receive only a single monthly SNAP payment.
Read more: In March, Snap Benefit Amounts Will Shift.
This is because the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 has just been signed into law.
The continued economic instability and rising food costs are leading to food insecurity for many Pennsylvanians, and we know that this extra SNAP payment has been a lifeline for people over the previous three years.
Pennsylvania’s heroic nonprofit food partners are here to support you and your family,” said Acting Secretary Val Arkoosh.
“I urge everyone who is able to donate food or resources to aid your local food assistance programmes as they prepare to meet this probable additional demand.”
All SNAP beneficiaries will experience this adjustment, and letters informing their households of the changes will be sent out.
As of March 2020, SNAP recipient households also received EAs from the DHS, thanks to funding made available in 2019 as a result of the federal COVID-19 emergency.
The last month that EAs can be sent is February, as required by federal law.