The New Mexico Human Services Department announced on March 1 the official end of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) emergency allotments. SNAP customers will receive their regular benefit amount starting this month.
“Now more than ever, we encourage the public to support food banks, nonprofits, faith-based partners and others who have been serving the community nonstop even with the emergency allotments in place — HSD is working with these partners to continue helping families in need across the state,” said Kari Armijo, interim acting secretary for the New Mexico Human Services Department.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government approved increased payments, known as SNAP emergency allotments, to those receiving SNAP food assistance. All SNAP households nationally, including those in New Mexico, will return to their regular benefit amount this month.
As an example of the financial change, a family of three received $740 each month in SNAP benefits, which was the maximum benefit for a family of three. In March, with the end of extra SNAP benefits, a family of three will go back to receiving the average amount of $335 per month in regular benefits.
A one-person household, who does not earn an income, received $376 each month in SNAP benefits, which is the maximum benefit for one person. With the end of the emergency allotments, this household will now receive $281 in monthly benefits.
HSD has mailed letters to all SNAP customers notifying them about the end of extra benefits. It also also specifies their exact regular benefit amount starting in March 2023 and the date of the month their benefits will be deposited onto their EBT cards.
The department is conducting text outreach to SNAP customers to notify them of the upcoming changes as well.