After February, all Coloradans who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will see a reduction in their monthly benefit amount. SNAP provides food assistance to over 290,000 Colorado households and 540,000 people each month. Individual SNAP participants cannot argue this change because it was enacted by Congress (KCP Press, 2023).
Following the enactment of the Omnibus Bill (Consolidated Appropriations Act), which was signed into law on December 30, 2022, the temporary increased benefit levels, known as emergency allotments, would come to an end.
SNAP recipients in Colorado will see their benefits cut by $90 per person per month, or an average of $360 a month for a family of four. This reduction may have a significant impact on many households and Colorado’s economy. The change is due to the elimination of an extra allotment created during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Colorado has launched a new website to help residents plan for the end of SNAP. If you would like to help, consider donating to a local food pantry or food bank. Just visit https://cdhs.colorado.gov/snap-ea-ending. If a family does not get SNAP but would like to help, please consider giving money or food items to your local food pantry or food bank. Visit the website https://careandshare.org/findfood/ to know the location or list of local pantries.