Emergency benefits coming to eligible Delaware households

Delaware State News
Posted 7/27/21

NEW CASTLE — The Delaware Division of Social Services will issue emergency benefits to eligible households for July, as part of the state’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Emergency benefits coming to eligible Delaware households

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NEW CASTLE — The Delaware Division of Social Services will issue emergency benefits to eligible households for July, as part of the state’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Benefits will be issued as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as well as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and General Assistance programs. The SNAP emergency food benefit will be issued Wednesday and should be available on recipients’ Electronic Benefit Transfer cards Thursday. TANF and GA households should receive an emergency cash benefit check beginning Wednesday.

Households with open SNAP cases will receive at least $95 in emergency food benefits, to be issued as follows:

  • SNAP households receiving the maximum food benefit amount for their household size will receive $95 in emergency food benefits.
  • SNAP households with a calculated emergency food benefit amount less than $95 will have their emergency benefit increased to $95.
  • SNAP households with a calculated emergency food benefit amount of $95 or more will continue to receive that amount to increase the household’s monthly benefit up to the maximum benefit amount for their household size.

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 July are not eligible for the July emergency funds.

DSS has issued emergency benefits each month to eligible households as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020.

An estimated 162 households will be eligible to receive emergency benefits in July, totaling about $21,500 for the month.

In addition to those benefits, households will receive their regular assistance for July on the usual issuance dates.

For more information, visit the division’s webpage. To apply for benefits, visit here or call 866-843-7212.