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PDFWAC 388-437-0005

Changes to food assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting March 2020, assistance units (AUs) eligible for either federal or state-funded food assistance, or both, will receive emergency allotments that bring the AU up to the maximum benefit for their household size.
(1) The amount is the maximum food assistance benefit allotment for your AU size under WAC 388-478-0060(1) less the amount received under WAC 388-450-0162 (4)(b).
(2) Beginning April 2021, AUs that receive less than $95.00 in emergency allotments under WAC 388-437-0005(1) will receive a minimum emergency allotment of $95.00.
(3) AUs receiving zero benefits due to income do not qualify for an emergency allotment unless the zero benefit is due to a prorated issuance in the first month of eligibility, as described in WAC 388-412-0015(4), with ongoing months above zero benefits.
(4) Emergency allotments will continue each month until:
(a) The secretary for health and human services rescinds the public health emergency declaration that was issued on January 27, 2020, under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act;
(b) The state-issued emergency or disaster declaration expires; or
(c) The food and nutrition service directs otherwise.
(5) Emergency allotments for state-funded food assistance will continue each month, contingent on the availability of state funds.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.500, 74.04.510, 74.08A.120 and H.R. 6201, § 2302. WSR 22-06-084, § 388-437-0005, filed 3/1/22, effective 4/1/22. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.500, 74.04.510, 74.08A.120 and H.R. 6201. WSR 21-07-098, § 388-437-0005, filed 3/22/21, effective 4/22/21.]
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