Ending of Emergency Allotments

On March 1, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Emergency Allotments sunset. Maryland SNAP participants and households are no longer receiving additional pandemic-related SNAP benefits. Thousands of SNAP participants across the state are beginning to see a sharp decline in their monthly benefits. Boosts to SNAP benefits have been critical for Maryland residents being able to put food on the table. 

SNAP Participants are encouraged to take these steps to maximize their benefits.

Make sure your information is current with the Department of Human Services.

Your regular SNAP benefit amount is based on income and expenses the program allows you to report. Your SNAP benefits may be subject to an increase if you have any of the following changes:

  • Your income has been reduced
  • Your rent or mortgage payments increased
  • You are paying more for childcare or disabled adult care costs.
  • You have medical costs over $35 per month for anyone age 60 and older or disabled that are new or you never reported.

How to Update Your Information

Use your MDthink account.

Visit your local DSS office to report changes in person.

Call Maryland Hunger Solutions at 1-866-821-5552 for assistance.

EBT Card Skimming Update

With the change in federal law and approval of its strategic plan, Maryland now may use federal funds to replace Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits stolen through EBT card skimming between October 1, 2022, and September 30, 2024.

Maryland’s newly approved plan calls for the replacement of stolen SNAP benefits and outlines steps that the department is taking to enhance the security of EBT cards, including:

  • Establishing system features that allow clients to lock their card when it is not being used;
  • Implementing systems feature that will text and email a card holder every time their card is used; and
  • Educating program recipients on how they may protect their cards to prevent fraud.

Marylanders who suspect that they may be a victim of EBT fraud should contact their local department of social services to report suspicious activity and request a new EBT card.

How to Apply for Reimbursement

Submit a reimbursement claim on MDthink.

Call Maryland Hunger Solutions at 1-866-821-5552 for assistance.