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SNAP Emergency Allotments Phase 2 Guidance

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DATE: April 21, 2020
SUBJECT: SNAP Emergency Allotments Phase 2 Guidance
TO: SNAP State Agencies

The attached is updated guidance to states in implementing Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, which provides for the issuance of additional months of emergency allotments (supplements) based on a public health emergency declaration by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act related to an outbreak of COVID-19 when a state has also issued an emergency or disaster declaration.

States should submit information regarding the emergency allotment issuance date(s), and estimated number of impacted households and benefit amount each month. This information should be submitted to the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Regional SNAP contact no sooner than the 15th of each month for the subsequent month. States must await FNS acknowledgement before sending the emergency allotment issuance file(s) to their Electronic Benefits Transfer processor.

Please be advised that the contents of this document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.

Jessica Shahin
Associate Administrator
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


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