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Pa Trying to Extend SNAP Benefits

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has submitted another request to the USDA to extend SNAP benefits for Pennsylvanians, according to a release.

“As the nation continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic, access to essential needs like food is more important than ever to help keep people healthy and mitigate co-occurring health risks,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “I am hopeful that the USDA will help address this need and permit Pennsylvania and other states to extend additional support to some of our lowest-income residents as we continue to navigate this time of crisis.”

If the request is approved, households that receive the maximum monthly SNAP benefit would receive a supplemental payment equal to 50 percent of their monthly payment, and would also allow the DHS to issue supplemental benefits to households that are NOT currently receiving the maximum monthly payment, the release adds.

“Our actions in the weeks and months to come will shape not just our response to this pandemic, but also the world and show that we will accept when COVID-19 is no longer a threat. If people are going without essential needs like food now, this will affect their health in both the short and long-term,” said Sec. Miller.

“Expanding support for all SNAP recipients, as we believe Congress intended in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, will help us ensure vulnerable Pennsylvanians served by SNAP like seniors, people with disabilities, low-income and working people, and children have what they need to meet essential needs and stay healthy and safe as the pandemic evolves.”

Applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other public assistance programs can be submitted online at compass.state.pa.us.

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