February 2023 will be the last month households will receive max allotment/emergency allotments. Beginning in March 2023, SNAP households will see a reduction in monthly SNAP benefits.
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Colorado SNAP households have been getting an extra amount of benefits every month since March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. These extra benefits are called “emergency allotments or max allotments” and most households have been getting this on top of their regular SNAP benefits. These emergency allotments were authorized by Congress, but they are temporary, and will be ending in March 2023.
SNAP Emergency or Max Allotment is ending with the benefit month of February 2023 due to recent congressional action to end those allotments. Colorado was approved to issue additional SNAP benefits due to the State and Federal emergency declarations that were in place during the pandemic. There is nothing the state or counties can do to extend the emergency allotment benefits once they have ended.
A final emergency allotment will be issued in February 2023. You will see a reduction in your monthly SNAP benefits beginning March 2023. This may have a significant impact on families.
Yes, you will continue to receive your regular SNAP benefits as long as you remain eligible for this program. Your benefit amounts are based on a number of factors, including household size, income, and your specific circumstances.
Colorado Department of Human Services and county offices cannot continue the additional benefits once maximum allotments have ended in March 2023, even if you appeal the action to end the additional benefits. You are able to appeal if you believe the base benefit calculation is incorrect.
You should receive a notice any time your benefit changes to inform you of your current benefit level. You can access your notices via the Colorado PEAK website and the MyCOBenefits app.
This change may have a significant impact on many SNAP families.
SNAP participants can call 1-800-816-4451 for questions about their benefits, or for more information, visit the Colorado Department of Human Services website.