Taos County may qualify for SNAP waiver

Taos and eight other areas in New Mexico may qualify for a waiver of a work or volunteering requirement imposed on SNAP recipients. Shutterstock

New Mexican households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits will continue to collect the maximum amount for their household through July, according to the New Mexico Human Services Department.

"We understand how critical these emergency benefits are to New Mexican families," said Angela Medrano, Deputy Secretary of the NMHSD. "These benefits assist in feeding many families throughout the state."

The emergency assistance will be automatically provided to recipients' EBT cards; no action is required. Households will receive the maximum monthly benefit based on the number of household residents.

+ Each additional person +$176

SNAP recipients with a regular issuance date of July 1-10 will receive a supplement on July 11. SNAP recipients with a regular issuance date of July 11-20 will receive their benefits and the supplement on their regular issuance date.

Emergency benefit increases are determined on a month-by-month basis, and are offered in order to help reduce food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NMHSD provides services and benefits to more than 1 million New Mexicans through the Medicaid Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Support Program and Behavioral Health Services.

To apply for SNAP benefits, visit yes.state.nm.us or call 1-800-283-4465.

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