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Update 4/27/2022: Extra COVID-19 SNAP Benefits About to Expire
- You may see your Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits decrease on April 15th if you were receiving extra assistance during the pandemic.
- If your SNAP benefits decrease after April 15th and you’re struggling to buy the food you need, call United Way’s community referral line, 2-1-1, and ask about food pantries or other food assistance options.
Update 11/15/2021: Food Stamp Benefits (SNAP) Increased by 25% Beginning 10/1/2021
Food Stamp Benefits (SNAP) increased by 25%
What you need to know:
- Beginning October 1st, 2021, your food stamp (SNAP) benefits increased by 25%.
- This is a permanent increase, unlike the 15% COVID release increase that ended recently.
- The increase will amount to an additional $36.24 per person, per month; or $1.19 per day.
- Read more about the increase in SNAP benefits
- If you're not already receiving SNAP benefits, but think you might need help buying food, find out more about eligibility and how to apply
Update: 5/6/21 - Get Help with Funeral Expenses
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helps Pay Funeral Expenses.
FEMA May Assist in Paying Funeral Expenses for Loved Ones who Died of COVID-19.
What you need to know:
- If you lost a loved one due to COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive up to $9,000 for funeral expenses.
- To see if you are eligible for this help, contact FEMA directly at 844-684-6333.
- Beware of scammers. FEMA will not contact you first and won’t ask you to pay anything for this benefit. Don’t give out your own or your deceased loved ones financial or personal information to someone who calls you first.
- Read more about the FEMA funeral assistance.
Update: 10/21/20 - Need Personalized Support Finding and Keeping a New Job + Financial Support?
Apply for Employment & Case Management Support through Project Uplift with Community Action Opportunities
- Financial Assistance and Case Management Support is available to Buncombe county residents who have lost employment due to COVID-19 and are looking for full-time, living wage work and a new career.
- This program provides short-term case management support for six months after participant gains employment and is available to those living at 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. View income guidelines here.
- Money is available for participants to help obtain certifications, such as CDL, medical coding, etc.
- Participants will be required to complete a course online, via phone, tablet, or laptop and include a combination of independent and group work.
- See if you’re eligible and learn more about the program.