SNAP Max Allotments
What you need to know
The temporary additional benefit amounts (emergency or max allotments) are ending due to the result of recent federal congressional action.
You will still receive SNAP in March, but benefits will return to regular levels, which means you will receive the first amount deposited on your card each month only.
To help reduce the impact on households, families can:
- If able, roll over EBT food assistance benefits to the next month. This may help “cushion” the impact of the reduction in benefits.
- Stock up on non-perishable items now, while households have the additional benefits. See information in English at boco.org/StockYourPantry and in Spanish at www.boco.org/ComoAbastecerSuDespensa
- Stretch food ingredients and plan to use them in more than one meal. This helps to save money and reduce food waste. Click for more tips: See information in English at boco.org/StretchingIngredients and in Spanish at www.boco.org/ComoHacerRendirSusIngredientes.
- Consider freezing produce to make fruit and vegetables last longer. See information in English at boco.org/FreezeMoreWasteLess and in Spanish at www.boco.org/CongelaMasDesperdiciaMenos
- Look at the Unit Prices to compare similar products at the grocery store. See information in English at boco.org/UnitPrices and in Spanish at www.boco.org/PrecioPorUnidad.
Some SNAP enrollees may also qualify for other supports such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which provides financial assistance for lower-income families and individuals, and Medicaid, which is free or low-cost health and dental coverage. These programs are also administered locally by Boulder County Housing and Human Services.
Boulder County residents are also encouraged to reach out to community-based family resource centers and/or food pantries for additional food and financial supports.
- Emergency Family Assistance Association (for Boulder and southern mountain residents) 1575 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder, CO 80304 | 303-442-3042 | EFAA.org
- Sister Carmen Community Center (for east county residents, including Lafayette, Louisville, Superior, and Erie) 655 Aspen Ridge Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026 | 303-665-4342 | SisterCarmen.org
- OUR Center (for Longmont and northern mountain residents) 220 Collyer Street, Longmont, CO 80501 | 303-772-5529 | OURCenter.org
- Community Food Share (for all Boulder County residents), 650 S. Taylor Avenue, Louisville, CO 80027 | 303-652-3663 | CommunityFoodShare.org
- Nederland Food Panty (for Nederland and southern mountain residents) 750 CO-72, Nederland, CO 80466 | 720-418-0892 | NederlandFoodPantry.org
- Lyons Food Pantry (for Lyons and northern mountain residents) 350 Main Street, Lyons, CO 80540 | LEAFLyons.org/food-pantry/
- SNAP and WIC participants can earn Double Up Food Bucks when they purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at Whole Foods (2905 Pearl Street, Boulder), Ideal Market (1275 Alpine Ave., Boulder) and the Boulder County Farmers Market. https://bouldercounty.gov/families/food/double-up-food-bucks/
- Learn more about using SNAP, WIC, and Double Up Food Bucks at the Boulder County Farmers Market https://bcfm.org/about/food-access/
There is additional resource information available through dialing 211 or visiting https://211colorado.org, and by visiting www.FindHelp.org. The state of Colorado also operates a program called Everyday Eats, which helps get healthy food staples to people over the age of 60 with low income. Information on Everyday Eats is available at https://cdhs.colorado.gov/CSFP or by calling 888-467-0418.
Boulder County Housing and Human Services teams also encourage those needing support to reach out to them by phone at 303-441-1000, by text at 303-441-1069, or to visit the St. Vrain Community Hub (Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) at 515 Coffman Street in Longmont or the Boulder office (Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) at 3460 N. Broadway. County staff can also refer people to a range of services in the community and can help in many languages, including Spanish.
Other Resources for families
- Boulder County food resource calendar: https://teamup.com/ksa8ewuhp2orrnu9gg
- Support by zip code: https://www.findhelp.org/
- FAQ’s and tips for individuals and families: https://cdhs.colorado.gov/snap-ea-ending
- Read the USDA Nondiscrimination Statement.
- SNAP: https://bouldercounty.gov/families/food/food-assistance-program/
- Map of food banks: https://communityfoodshare.org/get-food/find-food-pantry/
- State of Colorado SNAP Emergency Benefits: https://cdhs.colorado.gov/snap-ea-ending