Division of Family and Children Services Director Tom Rawlings said between $15 million and $20 million will be distributed to Georgians in need in March and April. A federally-funded program, no state money is used for SNAP benefits.
And need is increasing, he said. DFCS received 12,000 online SNAP applications last week, up from about 6,400 two weeks prior.
Additionally, Rawlings said federal law approved last week allows the division to waive the SNAP guidelines that require able-bodied adults without dependents to either work or attend training for at least 20 hours a week.
“The law allows us to dismiss those work and training requirements temporarily, but also eases administrative burden on our staff,” he said, freeing them up to process applications. “With a pandemic, a lot of those jobs people might otherwise get have been suspended and jobs just aren’t available right now.”
According to federal guidelines, the maximum monthly SNAP benefits that can be given are $194 for a household of one up to $1,164 for a household of eight. The average household receives about $225 monthly in food stamps.
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