Changes happening that impact access to food and nutrition benefits
from Ehrens Consulting
- April 30, 2021, North Dakota ended its emergency declaration around COVID. From the ND Department of Human Services (emergency benefits brought all participants up to the maximum benefit level; the 15% increase to regular benefit levels will continue through the summer):
- “North Dakota’s COVID-19 emergency declaration will be lifted on April 30, 2021. Federal regulations allow for SNAP to issue additional benefits for one month after the end of the state’s emergency declaration. Therefore, the benefit month of May 2021 will be the final month the additional benefits will be issued. SNAP participants will continue to receive their regular SNAP benefits based on the benefit amount for which they qualify.
- 15% BENEFIT INCREASE - The temporary 15% increase to SNAP benefits will continue and has been extended through September 2021. This increase is included in the SNAP benefit issued on the first of every month.”
June 19, 2021, North Dakota will terminate its participation in the federal government’s pandemic-related unemployment assistance programs. It is unknown how this will impact people’s ability to have enough resources to purchase food.