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Governor extends SNAP benefits

Gov. David Ige signed a second emergency proclamation to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to continue in line with the federal COVID emergency.

SNAP is managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is the largest food nutrition assistance program in the country, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office on Tuesday. It benefits eligible low-income individuals and families through an electronic benefits transfer card, which can be used to purchase eligible food items in authorized retail stores.

“Many Hawaii families continue to suffer from food insecurity as they struggle to provide food for themselves and their families because of the effects of the pandemic. This is compounded by the continued increase in the cost of living,” Ige said. “Without additional support from SNAP, families may not be able to adequately feed their families. This food insecurity poses a threat to the health, safety and welfare of our communities and constitutes this emergency declaration.”

The disaster emergency relief period continues through July 22.

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