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Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be issuing emergency supplemental allotments to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who receive benefits for the month of April on May 11. With the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act, the increase in minimum and maximum allotments will continue until September 30, 2021. On November 5, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that in response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state, DHHS would file a request with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutritional Service (FNS) to provide emergency allotment funds for Nebraska households that are receiving SNAP benefits.
SNAP recipients will not have to take any action to receive supplemental support as recipients will be issued increased benefits directly on their EBT cards. Households receiving SNAP benefits will see supplements to their benefits based on a maximum allotment scale.
Effective with the April Emergency Allotments, all SNAP households must receive a minimum of $95 in Emergency Allotments. Previously, Emergency Allotments were issued for the difference between the amount of benefits to which a household was entitled and the maximum allotment for their household size. Emergency allotments will be provided as a supplemental benefit to existing SNAP households.
The supplemental allotments will be for the difference between the household's regular allotment and the maximum allotment. Households whose difference is less than $95 will receive the minimum $95 supplement. Households already receiving the maximum monthly allotment for their household size in the benefit month of April 2021 will receive a $95 supplement.
Additional emergency supplemental allotments will continue to be issued separately from regular SNAP issuances.