Governor Larry Hogan announced on Tuesday that his fiscal year 2023 budget will also expand the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) support for low-income families.
The budget will provide an additional $4.8 million to expand the summer SNAP program to provide nutritional benefits for 50,000 children in low-income families during the months they are out of school.
The Maryland Summer SNAP Program originates from the 2020 Legislative Session as a solution towards reducing food insecurity during the months that children are out of school. The program allocates $200,000 of state funds each year, which serves approximately 4,000 families. The new budget will support more than 12 times that number of families each year.
Participants of the Summer SNAP Program do not have to do anything to receive the benefits. The additional amount will be allocated on the same day as the day families receive their regular SNAP payment.
The jurisdictions that the Summer SNAP Program currently operates in are:
- Baltimore City
- Baltimore County
- Howard County
- Montgomery County
- Prince George's County
- Queen Anne's County
The governor’s budget will also commit $1.96 billion in SNAP benefits for more than 390,000 households and an additional $6.6 million to increase the minimum monthly supplement benefit for households with seniors.
Funds will also go towards supporting local agencies in connecting eligible seniors to programs and services, reducing waitlists for home health care programs like senior care, and the Senior Assisted Living Subsidy.
All local departments of social services (LDSS) are invited to apply to participate.