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State announces unemployment, food benefits


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The state announced Tuesday that the federal unemployment weekly benefit of $300 and extension of food aid is now available as part of COVID-19 relief efforts.

Among other provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 signed into law Dec. 27 is the Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program, which gives an additional $300 a week to people who qualify for state unemployment benefits, according to a New Mexico Department of Workplace Solutions news release.

The federal benefits are scheduled to be in place until at least March 13. Unemployment claimants who qualify for at least $1 a week in state unemployment benefits as of Jan. 2. can receive the federal benefit.

More information about the program and applying for unemployment is available from the Workforce Solutions website, www.dws.state.nm.us.

The New Mexico Human Services Department also announced that the state will provide the maximum allotments allowed for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of January.

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SNAP recipients do not have to take any action to receive these additional food benefits, which will be placed directly on their EBT cards.

SNAP recipients with a regular issuance date of Jan. 1-9 will receive a supplement on Jan. 9. SNAP recipients with a regular issuance date of Jan. 10-30, will receive their benefits and the supplement on their regular issuance date.

Individuals seeking to apply for SNAP benefits can apply online at www.yes.state.nm.us or by phone at 1-800-283-4465.

The amounts available range from $204 a month for a one-person household to $1,224 a month for an eight-person household, with an additional $153 a month for each person above eight.