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The Division of Social Services (DSS) has changed the following benefit program rules to help protect the health and well-being of Delawareans during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. This information will be updated as changes occur.
To limit the spread of COVID-19, clients are asked to contact us by phone and online.
Delaware's new SNAP Online Purchasing Program gives households another grocery shopping option during the COVID-19 crisis. Delaware households can use their SNAP food benefits or P-EBT benefits to order groceries online from Amazon, Aldi, Food Lion, Giant, ShopRite, and Walmart.
Click here for more information about Delaware's SNAP Online Purchasing Program.
Delaware's P-EBT Program has been extended though Summer 2021 to provide emergency food assistance benefits to eligible households to cover the summer period when children are on break and not receiving meals at school.
Click here for more information about Delaware's P-EBT Program.
Delaware households with open SNAP food benefits cases will receive an increase in food benefits starting in January 2021. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 temporarily increases food benefit amounts by 15% starting January 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2021. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 extends the 15% increase to SNAP food benefits from July 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021. The 15% benefit increase is based on each household's benefit calculation and may be less than the amounts shown in the chart.
|Household Size||Regular Amount||New Amount Effective January 2021 - September 2021|
|Each additional member||$153||$176|
All SNAP households will receive their new increased food benefit amount on their normal issuance dates through September 30, 2021.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Division of Social Services has issued emergency food benefits since March 2020 to SNAP households that were not already receiving the maximum food benefit amount. As a result of the Executive Order on Economic Relief Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all households with open SNAP cases will now receive at least $95 in emergency food benefits each month that Delaware continues to have a State of Emergency Declaration for COVID-19.
Beginning with April 2021, Delaware will issue emergency food benefits to all SNAP households as outlined below. SNAP households will receive the emergency food benefit on July 28, 2021. The emergency food benefit will be available on the households' EBT cards the next day.
Example: A household of 5 currently receives the maximum SNAP allotment of $929. The household will receive a $95 monthly emergency allotment.
Example: A household of 2 currently receives $395 in SNAP benefits. The maximum allotment for a household of 2 is $430, and the household's calculated emergency allotment is $35. Because the household receives less than $95 in emergency benefits, the monthly emergency allotment will be increased to $95.
Example: A household of 3 currently receives $285 in SNAP benefits. The maximum allotment for a household of 3 is $616, and the household's calculated emergency allotment is $331. Because the household receives more than $95 in emergency benefits, the monthly emergency allotment will continue to be $331.
|SNAP Household Size||Maximum Food Benefit Amount|
|Each additional member:||$176|
SNAP households that owe an overpayment will continue to have this amount deducted from their food benefits, which will affect their emergency food benefit amount.
All SNAP households will receive their regular food benefits on their normal issuance dates.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) & General Assistance (GA)
Households with open TANF and GA cases may receive an emergency cash benefit amount up to the maximum benefit amount for their TANF or GA household size. The Division of Social Services has issued emergency cash benefits since March 2020 to TANF and GA households that were not already receiving the maximum benefit amount. TANF and GA households may also receive an emergency cash benefit check on or after July 28, 2021.
|TANF Household Size||Maximum TANF Benefit Amount|
|GA Household Size||Maximum GA Benefit Amount|
TANF and GA households that already receive the maximum benefit amount for their TANF or GA household size or that have prorated TANF and GA check are not eligible for the emergency benefit. TANF and GA households that owe an overpayment will continue to have this amount deducted from their benefits, which will affect their emergency cash benefit amount.
All TANF and GA households will receive their regular checks on their normal issuance date.
Youth or young adults under the age of 27 who spent time in foster care after the age of 14 may be eligible for pandemic relief funds to get financial support with rent or mortgage payments, utility bills, car loans, groceries, or other basic needs. Click here to learn more.
All licensed child care providers may reopen and all Delaware families may access child care. Child care providers must follow applicable COVID-19 DELACARE regulations as well as additional health & safety requirements developed by the Office of Child Care Licensing and the Division of Public Health.
Click here for more information on child care options during Delaware's State of Emergency.
Families are not required to pay their Purchase of Care monthly co-payment to their child care provider through July 31, 2021. The Division of Social Services has waived co-payments for families since April 2020.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Purchase of Care Unit at (302)255-9670.
DELAWARE EARLY EDUCATION AND CHILD CARE STABILIZATION FUND
On April 9, 2021, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and the Delaware Department of Education announced that the Delaware Early Education and Child Care Stabilization fund will provide direct grants to support eligible child care providers across Delaware. Click here for more information. Learn more about the Application Process.
Beginning September 1, 2020, DSS resumed processing benefit renewals for:
Households that were scheduled to renew their benefits in March, April, May, June, July or August 2020 received a 6-month renewal extension. Households that are affected by this change will receive a notice in the mail when it is time to renew their benefits.
SNAP, TANF, and GA households were not required to return a periodic report form during the months of March, April, May, June, July and August 2020. Households that are affected by this change will have their next contact with the Division of Social Services at their benefit renewal.
When possible, the Division of Social Services will interview clients by telephone during Delaware's State of Emergency.
Clients may provide a verbal signature over the phone to confirm the information on their food benefit, cash assistance, or child care application or renewal is correct in the following situations:
FOOD BENEFIT APPLICATION ASSISTANCE
Delaware's SNAP Outreach Partners can help you apply for or renew your food benefits over the phone or in person. Contact the SNAP Outreach Partners listed below for more information.
Delaware Ecumenical Council on Children and Families
Click here or call (302)225-1040.
Food Bank of Delaware
Click here or call (302)444-8073.
Jewish Family Services
Click here or call (302)478-9411.
Modern Maturity Center
Click here or call (302)734-1200 ext 174.
FOOD BENEFIT INTERVIEWS
Food benefit applicants will not be required to complete an interview from December 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021 if they meet ALL of the following conditions
If a food benefit applicant does not meet these conditions, a case worker will contact the applicant to request additional information and/or verification.
FOOD BENEFIT WORK REQUIREMENTS
Food benefit work requirements are temporarily suspended. Individuals receiving food benefits may still voluntarily participate with the SNAP Employment and Training program for assistance with job search and employment preparation as long as the SNAP Employment and Training offices remain open.
TANF WORK REQUIREMENTS
TANF work requirements are temporarily suspended. Individuals receiving TANF may still voluntarily participate with the TANF Employment and Training program for assistance with job search and employment preparation as long as the TANF Employment and Training offices remain open.
TANF time limit rules are temporarily suspended. TANF benefits will not expire and TANF months will not count during this time period.
TANF sanction rules are temporarily suspended. TANF cases will not be sanctioned during this time period.
TANF and GA clients who have a medical exemption set to expire will have their exemption automatically extended during the public health emergency. TANF and GA clients will have to submit a new health assessment form to be eligible for a medical exemption after their current exemption expires or the public health emergency ends.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 temporarily expands food benefit eligibility for college students. Students enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education may be able to get food benefits if they meet one of the following exemptions:
Students who meet one of the exemptions listed above may receive food benefits if they meet all other eligibility criteria. The two new temporary exemptions will remain in effect until 30 days after the COVID-19 public health emergency is lifted.
The DSS Fair Hearing Unit resumed scheduling hearings, holding hearings, and issuing hearing decisions on June 1, 2020. Administrative Disqualification Hearings resumed on October 1, 2020.
The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes several provisions aimed at helping people that are experiencing financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Act temporarily expands unemployment benefits and provides economic impact payments to eligible individuals and families.
FEDERAL PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION (FPUC)
The extended FPUC benefit does not count as income or a resource when the Division of Social Services determines eligibility and benefit levels for food benefit, cash assistance, and child care programs.
Click here for more information from the Delaware Department of Labor's COVID-19 Response Center.
ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENT/STIMULUS CHECK
The first and second economic impact payments do not count as income or a resource when the Division of Social Services determines eligibility and benefit levels for food benefit, cash assistance, and child care programs.
Click here for information from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on the economic impact payments.
If you missed the November 21, 2020 deadline to submit your information for the first economic impact payment, you can claim the economic impact payment as a credit on a 2020 federal income tax return. Click here for more information.
The American Rescue Plan expands the Child Tax Credit for tax year 2021 to provide additional relief to families during the public health emergency. Beginning July 15, 2021, eligible families will receive a payment of $300 per month for each child under age 6 and up to $250 per month for each child age 6-17 from July through December 2021. Click here for more information.
Advance payments of the 2021 Child Tax Credit do not count as income or a resource when the Division of Social Services determines eligibility and benefit levels for food benefit, cash assistance, and child care programs.
FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. COVID-19 Funeral Assistance will help with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation. Click here for more information.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides eligible households with a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband internet service and a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Click here for more information.
Click here for Medicaid policies on COVID-19.
Contact Delaware 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 or click here to access community resources and referrals for assistance with food, housing, medical care, and more.
Click here for Department of Education Student Nutrition Sites. Delaware families may pick up meal bags for children 18 and under who live in their home.
Click here for the latest information on COVID-19