Recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Maryland and Virginia will retain access to emergency funds through at least the end of this year.

The allotment was scheduled to terminate in October. However, in Virginia, a spokesperson for the state’s Department of Social Services told WTOP that the allotments will proceed for SNAP recipients and the benefits for October will be given out on Oct. 16.

“The enhanced SNAP benefit is made available through a public health emergency declaration that requires government agencies to request an extension of emergency allotment issuances on a month-to-month basis,” DSS said Tuesday, WTOP reported. “Accordingly, the status of future emergency allotment benefits will be determined by this monthly approval process.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture instituted a waiver for the states so they could get an emergency allotment of federal funds during the pandemic for people who receive SNAP. The allotment covers the maximum amount available to recipients opposed to what they would have gotten normally.

In Maryland, Michael J. Wilson, director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, told WTOP that his state’s withdrawal from the program was due to a misunderstanding of the conditions under which the funds from the Agriculture Department are accessible. Wilson said the matter has been cleared up and the state has applied for the waiver again.

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