The most difficult time of the year for adults to provide enough food for their children or even simply for themselves can be around Christmas.
Because of this, many Americans are curious as to whether additional food stamps will be distributed in the month of December 2022.
The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, more commonly known as food stamps or SNAP, is a program that helps people put enough food on the table all year round.
Are there extra food stamps in December 2022?
The great news for recipients is that many states are administering extra food stamps in December to cope with the more financially demanding time of the year.
This extra SNAP support was authorised at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and in many states it has remained in place. It is a scheme that will remain available until at least mid-January 2023.
States will have at least 60 days notice before the end of SNAP in order to prepare for a transition into other forms of welfare for those who need it.
Many states have agreed to hand out extra food stamps in December although the dates at which they will be administered are not the same everywhere.
Some will send the extra at the same time as the regular benefit, whilst others will do it separately.
It cannot even be said that all states will send the extra in December, as it may be in January.
The list of states with extra SNAP benefits in December
The following states are known to be sending extra in the month of December, with the dates included.
- Alabama (Dec 1)
- California (Dec 17)
- Colorado (Dec 7-12)
- Delaware (Dec 22)
- Hawaii (Dec 12)
- Illinois (Dec 21-29)
- Kansas (Dec 21-30)
- Louisiana (Dec 3, 10, 17, 22 and 29)
- Maine (Dec 9)
- Maryland (Dec 4-23)
- Massachusetts (Dec 2)
- Michigan (Dec 17-26)
- Minnesota (Dec 6-29)
- New Hampshire (Dec 1 & 16)
- New Jersey (Dec 1-5)
- New Mexico (Dec 1-31)
- New York (Dec 13-27 for NYC or 12-22 for rest of state)
- North Carolina (Dec 22-31)
- Ohio (Dec 21)
- Oklahoma (Dec 10-15)
- Oregon (Dec 12 & 29)
- Pennsylvania (Dec 16-30)
- Rhode Island (Dec 3)
- South Carolina (Dec 1-19)
- Texas (Dec 5-12)
- Utah (Dec 31)
- Vermont (Dec 14)
- Virginia (Dec 16)
- Washington (normal issuance date)
- West Virginia (Dec 7)
- Wisconsin (Dec 17)