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Q&A on Sections 702(a), (b), and (d) of The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

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DATE: February 17, 2021
SUBJECT: SNAP Provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 – Questions and Answers – Sections 702(a), (b), and (d)
TO: All State Directors
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

On Dec. 27, 2020, the President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “Act”). Division N, Title VII, Subtitle A, Chapter 1, Section 702(a), (b), and (d) of the Act temporarily increase the value of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, outline requirements for administering this temporary increase, and create certain exclusions from SNAP income.

On Dec. 31, 2020, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issued an informational memorandum on SNAP-related provisions of the Act. Attached are questions and answers describing the temporary increase to the maximum monthly allotments and exclusion of pandemic unemployment compensation payments from SNAP income. State agencies with questions should contact their respective regional office representatives. 

Sasha Gersten-Paal
Program Development Division


Page updated: April 05, 2023

The contents of this guidance 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.