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DHSS Press Release



Molly Magarik, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Email: DPHMedia@Delaware.gov

Date: May 25, 2021
DHSS-5-2021





DELAWARE WILL ISSUE EMERGENCY BENEFITS FOR MAY TO ALL SNAP HOUSEHOLDS AND TO ELIGIBLE TANF AND GENERAL ASSISTANCE HOUSEHOLDS

NEW CASTLE (May 25, 2021) - The Delaware Division of Social Services will issue emergency benefits for May to eligible households as part of the state's ongoing response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Benefits will be issued as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and two cash assistance programs - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and General Assistance (GA). The SNAP emergency food benefit will be issued Wednesday, May 26, and should be available on recipients' Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards the next day. TANF and GA households should receive an emergency cash benefit check on or after Wednesday, May 26. All households with open SNAP cases will receive at least $95 in emergency food benefits, to be issued as follows:

The emergency assistance for TANF and GA families will increase a household's monthly benefit for each program up to the maximum benefit amount for their household size. Households that already receive the maximum TANF or GA benefit amount or that have a prorated benefit in the month of May are not eligible for the May emergency cash funds.

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has issued emergency benefits each month to eligible households as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, which was signed into law in March 2020.

"While we are making significant progress against the spread of COVID-19 in Delaware, the economic impact of the pandemic continues to affect many of our more vulnerable residents," said DHSS Secretary Molly Magarik. "These ongoing emergency benefits provide critical support for those who struggle to afford enough food for themselves and their families or to pay for other basic life necessities."

How the monthly emergency benefit is calculated: A household's monthly emergency benefit equals the current maximum benefit amount for the household size minus the household's current monthly benefit amount. For example, based on current USDA limits for SNAP benefits, if a household of 1 gets $100 in regular monthly benefits, they will receive $134 in emergency benefits ($234 maximum benefit minus $100 monthly benefit).

Here are the current maximum monthly benefit amounts per household size for SNAP, TANF, and General Assistance:

Emergency SNAP benefits

Number in SNAP Household Maximum Benefit Amount
Adjusted with the 15 percent increase effective Jan-Sep 2021
1 $234
2 $430
3 $616
4 $782
5 $929
6 $1,114
7 $1,232
8 $1,408
Each additional person $176

An estimated 52,985 Delaware households will receive the emergency SNAP allotment in April, totaling about $10 million in emergency food benefits for the month

Emergency cash benefits
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Number in TANF Household Maximum Benefit Amount
1 $201
2 $270
3 $338
4 $407
5 $475
6 $544
7 $612
8 $681
9 $750
10 $819

General Assistance (GA)

Number in GA Household Maximum Benefit Amount
1 $79
2 $107
3 $144
4 $169
5 $209
6 $239

An estimated 165 households will be eligible to receive emergency cash assistance benefits in May, totaling about $22,000 in emergency benefits for the month.

In addition to the emergency benefits, households will receive their regular benefits for April on the usual issuance dates

For more information about DSS's benefit programs in response to the pandemic, go to division's webpage. To apply for benefits, go to Delaware ASSIST or call 1-866-843-7212. To limit the spread of COVID-19, clients are asked to contact the Division of Social Services by phone or online.



Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.





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