450,000 Nevadans Will See Reduction in Food Assistance

End of the COVID-19 Federal Public Health Emergency impacts SNAP benefit amounts

Carson City January 11, 2023

Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants have received a second monthly payment, known as Supplemental Emergency Allotments (SEA). After March 14, 2023, those second monthly payments will end. Beginning in April, the first monthly payment will be the only benefit.

The Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services, the state agency in charge of administering SNAP, issued SEA payments during the federal government’s Public Health Emergency declaration for as long as allowable. The recent omnibus bill passed by Congress includes a provision that effectively ends the Public Health Emergency declaration in February, thus ending the additional SNAP benefit payments.

In total, DWSS has issued over $1 billion in supplemental emergency SNAP benefits to Nevada households during the PHE declaration. Ahead of this change, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services has bolstered budgets for food banks around the country to help address food insecurity.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as "Food Stamps," SNAP is designed to help low-income families buy nutritious food from approved stores. Apply at Access Nevada, or call 1-800-992-0900.

Additional information about local food banks can be found by contacting Three Square (702-765-4030, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm) or Food Bank of Northern Nevada. For additional community resources, call 211.


Julie Knight
Public Information Officer, Division of Welfare and Supportive Services