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End of SNAP Emergency Food Benefits

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A federal law was passed that stopped Emergency Food Benefits (also known as SNAP Emergency Allotments). Households got their final Emergency Food Benefits on their EBT cards on February 28, 2023. Extra Emergency Food Benefits ended and monthly Food Benefit amounts returned to normal starting in March 2023.


Delaware's Division of Social Services issued monthly Emergency Food Benefits to eligible households from March 2020 through February 2023 as part of the extra assistance provided during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Emergency Food Benefits allowed all SNAP households to receive at least $95 in extra benefits at the end of each month.

A federal law was passed that stopped Emergency Food Benefits. SNAP households received their final issuance of Emergency Food Benefits on February 28, 2023.

Starting on March 1, 2023, SNAP households will only receive their regular monthly benefit on the normal issuance date. Households will no longer get extra Emergency Food Benefits on their EBT cards at the end of each month.

Resources for Households

Below, you can find information and resources that will help you adjust to these changes. If you have questions about your benefits, you can call us at 1-866-843-7212 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM).

You can check the Food Benefit balance on your EBT card by going to or calling 1-800-526-9099.

If you aren't currently a SNAP recipient and would like to know more about the program, visit the SNAP page of our website.

You can apply for health and social service programs online at Delaware ASSIST or at one of our locations.

Visit our COVID-19 Transition page to find out what other pandemic benefits and program adjustments are changing.

Resources for Community Partners:

In an effort to assist our partners in communicating these changes, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services developed a Communications Toolkit containing downloadable materials and resources.