SNAP Emergency Allotments Ending March 2023


Butler County Ohio Job & Family Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my monthly benefit decreasing?

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) emergency allotments were a temporary solution authorized by Congress to help low-income individuals and families deal with the hardships of the COVID19 pandemic. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 law recently passed by Congress ends emergency allotments after the February 2023 issuance. This means by March 2023, all SNAP households’ benefits will return to normal amounts, without the added supplement.

When will my monthly benefit change?

Federal law now says that SNAP maximum allotments will end after the February issuance. Beginning in March 2023, recipients will receive only their one, normal monthly payment. The additional emergency allotment, which was issued at the end of each month, will no longer be provided.

How much will my benefits change when emergency allotments end?

Emergency allotments allowed all SNAP households to receive an additional $95 in benefits or an additional benefit valued up to the maximum benefit for their household size, whichever value is greater. When emergency allotments end, recipients will return to their normal SNAP benefit amount which, depending on their household income, may be less than the maximum benefit for their household size. Recipients can review their benefit amounts by logging into the Self-Service Portal (SSP) at ssp.benefits.ohio.gov.

Who is affected by the end of emergency allotments?

All SNAP households received a temporary increase in benefits, so all SNAP households will see a decrease to the SNAP benefits they receive when emergency allotments end. Because this is a federal law change, there are no fair hearing rights on the end of these emergency allotments.

How does the Social Security Administration cost of living adjustment impact SNAP benefits?

Every year the Social Security Administration (SSA) is required to make a cost-of-living adjustment to ensure the Social Security benefits keep up with inflation. Social Security is the most common source of income for SNAP households. When Social Security or any household income goes up, SNAP benefits may go down. While SSA’s cost-of-living adjustment impacts SNAP benefit amounts every year, the 2023 cost-ofliving adjustment is the largest in 40 years. Households that receive SNAP and Social Security benefits will see a decrease in their SNAP benefits as early as January 2023 because of a significant increase to their Social Security benefits to reflect the cost-of-living adjustment. However, the households will still experience an overall gain, as the decrease in SNAP benefits is less than the increase in Social Security benefits.

What community resources are available to help?

If you or someone you know needs food assistance, contact 211 or call the Shared Harvest Foodbank at (513)881-9024. To locate food assistance by county please visit
Find a Pantry Near You | Shared Harvest

If you or someone you know needs assistance with job searches and/or learning about job training and certification opportunities, contact OhioMeansJobs Butler County at (513)785-6500 or visit www.workforceoneofbutlercounty.com or 4631 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, OH 45013.

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Food Pantry Information

Butler County Shared Harvest Food PantryLocations (pdf) Feeding America: Locate Local Food Bank

Finding Food in Butler County - 211 Family & Children First Council