Food Stamp Allocations Upped

From the Pritzker Administration (and, yes, I know this program is not called ‘food stamps” anymore):

Illinois SNAP recipients will begin receiving maximum benefit amounts this week

Customers do not need to call or visit an office; Increased SNAP benefits will be loaded directly on Link cards

CHICAGO/SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Human Services announced today that more than 450,000 Illinois households will receive additional Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits beginning this Tuesday, April 8th.

All who are eligible for the additional benefits should receive them by April 20th.

The additional funds are intended to help Illinoisans obtain food and support for their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The maximum SNAP benefit amounts will be implemented for April and May.

“No Illinoisan should ever have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, especially during an ongoing public health emergency,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Expanding the amount of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits people receive will help families stay safe and healthy in the coming months.”

Increased benefits will be automatically loaded onto SNAP recipients’ Link cards, and there is no need for anyone to re-apply, visit an office, or call. All new applications authorized in April will also receive the maximum allotment for their household size.

“We’re exploring every avenue we can to provide extra support for Illinoisans. IDHS has applied for several waivers to make it easier for people looking for food assistance,” said IDHS Secretary Grace B. Hou. “Less documentation is required, in-person requirements are waived, and now we’ll be able to increase the amounts loaded into Link cards by a significant amount for many families.”

The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act gives states the option to provide SNAP households with the maximum SNAP allotment, which is based on household size. SNAP households which are not currently receiving the maximum allotment will receive additional SNAP benefits which bring their allotment amount to the maximum. Households already receiving the maximum benefit will not receive additional benefits.

Maximum amounts per household size are as follows:

Number in SNAP householdMaximum benefit
Each additional personAdd $146

Illinois SNAP recipients receive their benefits at different times each month, so increased SNAP benefits will be loaded on different dates for SNAP recipients.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides food assistance to low-income people and families living in the United States. It is a federal aid program administered by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Distribution of benefits occurs at the state level.


Food Stamp Allocations Upped — 6 Comments

  1. When I see SNAP recipients they almost invariably are obese, sometimes morbidly so.

    I guess that does shorten their lifespans.

    But it’s wrong for them to be buying shrimp and T bones on snap.

    So many illegals are on it.

    There’s such a racket of letting people charge $20 of food for $10 cash, too.

    Ask any west side of Chiraq convenience store owner.

  2. There are a lot of jokes and funny memes circulating social media about how much weight we’ll all gain by the end of our home confinement, but do we really need to eat more?

    This doesn’t make sense.

    If there’s a rational reason for this increase I’d like to hear it.

    School closure isn’t one because those meals are offered for pick up.

    Nor is SNAP increased during holiday or summer recess.

    By my grocery shopping/family feeding experience, these amounts are rather generous.

    Then add WIC and food pantry benefits.

  3. “When I see SNAP recipients they almost invariably are obese, sometimes morbidly so”. Sunshine blogger, it is one thing to make fun of governor Pritzker’s weight, but such a low blow referring to your belly it is simply unacceptable. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, hug a blogger, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeeoooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww…

  4. I’m sorry but the reason the SNAP recipients are always obese is because of what they put in their carts. It is ALL prepackaged crap. Same problem everybody had until they learned about frankenfood. Food pantries give out enormous amounts of cakes and sugar-loaded pastry type things. That is their staple diet. I know because I see it when I “taxi” them to shop.

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