SNAP benefits for eligible South Dakotans to increase

PIERRE, S.D. — In an effort to feed families impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic, South Dakotans who receive Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits could be eligible for attended benefits.

The South Dakota Department of Social Services announced Friday that those who receive the benefits could receive additional help to purchase food.

“SNAP” benefits provide important nutritional assistance benefits to children and families, the elderly, the disabled, unemployed, as well as working families,” said DSS Secretary Laurie Gill. “SNAP helps supplement monthly budgets of low-income families to buy the food they need to maintain good health. As South Dakotans deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, many could use this extra help to feed their families.”

The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act allows for an increase in SNAP benefits for recipient households that are currently receiving the maximum amount.

About 21,000 South Dakota families will see an increase that will bring their benefits up to the maximum amount. Those who receive the maximum amount of the benefits will see now change.

Increased benefits will be automatically loaded onto SNAP recipients’ EBT cards. There is no need for anyone to re-apply or call. Eligible recipients will receive a notice indicating the amount of the additional benefit.

The supplemental benefit is limited to two months and is allowable for households who receive SNAP benefits in March and/or April 2020. Eligible recipients will get additional benefits for March on April 24 and  the additional benefits for April on May 23.

The additional benefits will be added to the regular monthly SNAP benefits which will be issued on the tenth of each month.

“The additional benefit is intended to help families stay safe and remain healthy in the coming months,” Gill said.

Families who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic who are in need can go to the Department of Social Services website to fill out an online application for the SNAP benefits program as well as other resources that may assist their families.


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