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SNAP Emergency Allotment Ending in December 2021

As of January 2022, benefits will go back to being determined on a case-by-case basis like they were before the pandemic

Since April 2020, all individuals receiving SNAP benefits have received the emergency SNAP allotments. These emergency benefits were added to the normal amount of SNAP benefits each month as long as a state of emergency existed in Tennessee. Tennessee’s State of Emergency Order ended in November 2021, so December 2021 is the last month you will receive the emergency SNAP allotments. You will receive your approved SNAP benefit amount on your EBT card beginning in January 2022 on your regular scheduled issuance date.

While this increase is ending, you may still be eligible for additional benefits. If your SNAP household has experienced an increase in your household size, or a decrease in your income or an increase in costs associated with shelter, child care, court ordered child support, or utility costs for example, and you have not yet reported these changes to the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS), you should do so. By reporting these changes, it may result in an increase in your regular monthly benefit amount. Verification documents of any reported changes are required.

If adults, 60 years of age or older, or people with disabilities have medical bills over $35 per month, it could help provide justification for a possible increase in your monthly SNAP benefits. If you have not already reported those medical bills to TDHS, you should do so. Verification of these reported changes are required.

Report a Household Change:

SNAP households can submit a Change Form by visiting the TDHS website, print the Change Form, and submit it online using the Family Assistance File Upload, along with verification documents of the reported change. Changes can be reported over the phone, but verification documents of each reported change is required after reporting them to the department.

View Approved Benefit Amount:

Login to the Case Connect website to view your regular amount of SNAP benefits, and the additional (supplemental) amount you have been receiving because of the pandemic emergency, which will no longer be in effect beginning January 1, 2022.

For any additional SNAP information or questions, you can call or text Second Harvest at 615-310-0752, or send us an email. We’re happy to help.

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