Emergency additional SNAP benefits are ending in March 2023

All Coloradans who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will see a reduction in their monthly benefit amount after February 2023.

The temporary additional benefit amounts (emergency allotments) are ending due to the result of recent congressional action. This is a change enacted by Congress and is not appealable.

SNAP serves more than 290,000 households and 554,000 individuals in Colorado each month by providing money to purchase food and safeguard the well-being of SNAP participants and their families.

Emergency allotment gives SNAP participants additional money for food during the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing households up to their maximum amount of money for food they can receive for their household size and circumstances. This reduction in benefits may have a significant impact on many households.

To help reduce the impact on households, families can:

  • If you are able to, you can roll over your EBT benefits to the next month. This may help “cushion” the impact of the reduction in benefits.
  • You can stock up on non-perishable items now, while you have the additional benefits.
  • Stretch your ingredients and plan to use them in more than one meal. This helps to save money and reduce food waste.
  • Consider freezing your produce to make fruit and vegetables last longer.
  • Look at the Unit Prices to compare similar products at the grocery store.

For more information, please visit https://cdhs.colorado.gov/snap. SNAP participants can call 719-530-2500 extension 1 for questions about their benefits.

If your household does not participate in SNAP and you are interested in helping, please consider donating funds or food items for your local food pantry or food bank.

Dan R