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Legal Aid of the Bluegrass reminding Kentuckians of changes to SNAP during coronavirus pandemic

In an attempt to counteract the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Kentucky has recently announced some important changes to the SNAP Program. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded food assistance program that provides vital nutritional support to people all across the United States.

Kentucky recently received an emergency allotment waiver. This means that for the months of April and May every recipient of SNAP benefits in Kentucky will receive the maximum allotment. Currently, that allotment is $194/month for a single person, $355/month for a couple or $646/month for a family of four.

Many people who were ineligible for SNAP benefits before may find that reduced hours, job loss or other circumstances make them newly eligible. Apply early in order get the maximum benefit amount form the allotment waiver. Kentuckians aged 60 or over or a Medicare beneficiary can call Legal Aid of the Bluegrass to assist with the application process. Those who do not meet these eligibility criteria, you can apply by contacting your local DCBS office at 1-855-306-8959.

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) response evolves, many changes have and will take place on a federal, state and local level regarding public benefits. For questions and updates on how you and your benefits are affected, call the Medicare SHIP Program. Local SHIP Programs are funded to help connect Kentuckians money-saving benefits that those on Medicare are entitled to receive, such as extra help and the Medicare Savings Program. SHIP is NOT an insurance company and does not sell insurance.

If you or a loved one has been affected by COVID-19, call the SHIP Program for community resources that may help. For a free benefits checkup, call the Legal Aid of the Bluegrass Benefits Enrollment Center at 1-866-516-3051 or visit us online at lablaw.org

From Legal Aid of the Bluegrass

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  1. jeramie crooks says:

    what about snap benefits for college students who were previously required to work

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