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State extends food benefits

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The New Mexico Human Services Department is extending the emergency food benefit amounts available to families through the month of February.

The state department announced Tuesday that recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program benefits, or food aid, will continue to receive the maximum monthly benefit allowed for their household size. This has been the policy since March 2020 as a way to help mitigate the economic impacts of the pandemic. The benefits are placed directly on recipients’ electronic benefit cards.

The maximum monthly benefit for a one-person household is $204. The benefit increases to $1,224 for an eight-person household, with an additional $153 a month for each additional person in a home.

People can apply for SNAP benefits online at yes.state.nm.us or by phone at 800-283-4465.

The Department of Workforce Solutions also announced that pandemic unemployment aid has been extended by the second round of federal coronavirus aid provided by Congress in December. More information on that is available at the Workforce Solutions website, dws.state.nm.us.

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