The United States Department of Agriculture has authorized paying an emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, CalFresh in California) to households that are receiving the maximum allotment. Starting in April, 2021, households that had not receive at least $95 in increase benefits through emergency allotments during COVID-19 will receive emergency allotments such that they receive at least a $95 emergency allotment.
This policy changes reverses the Trump Administration’s interpretation of the Families First Coronavirus Act and resolves two lawsuits filed about that interpretation. (USDA Press Release No. 0064.21, April 1, 2021.)