SNAP Replacement of Stolen Benefits Dashboard
This dashboard displays state-reported data provided to FNS in accordance with the January 2023 guidance on the replacement of stolen EBT benefits with federal funds. All data provided to the FNS will be posted here quarterly, as soon as possible following receipt.
States are working quickly to develop and implement processes to help people whose SNAP benefits were stolen. Following enactment of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (the Omnibus), state agencies were required to submit plans for the replacement of stolen benefits using federal funds. Each state officially has the authority to use federal funds to replace stolen SNAP benefits pursuant to their plan once their plan is approved by FNS. As described in the January 2023 guidance, each state should begin reporting benefit replacement data from the first federal fiscal year (FY) quarter of their state plan implementation, with the initial report and all subsequent reports due no later than 45 days after the end of the FY quarter.
Maryland and Vermont were the first states to begin implementing their plans to replace stolen SNAP benefits starting in March 2023 (FY23 Q2). Although several other states began implementing in FY23 Q3, the majority of states set implementation dates starting in FY23 Q4 (July 1, 2023 – Sept. 30, 2023). Because state plan implementation dates vary, the data displayed in this dashboard do not yet include all states and the reporting periods for each state may differ. For example, while South Carolina and Alabama both submitted data for FY23 Q3, South Carolina’s reporting period only covers 10 days (6/21 – 6/30) while Alabama’s covers a full month (5/30 – 6/30) because Alabama had an earlier implementation start date. State retroactive claims periods also differ such that some states might process retroactive stolen benefits claims for six months and others might do so for only two months. Such differences limit the ability to make direct comparisons of stolen benefits between states, particularly during the early reporting periods, and FNS cautions users to keep such context in mind when reviewing these data.
The SNAP stolen benefit data is available as a .csv file, which can be opened by most desktop spreadsheet applications.
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