PHOENIX - Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Doug Ducey said Wednesday Arizona has requested permission from the USDA to expand access to nutritious foods through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP.
“Arizona is focused on making sure families impacted by COVID-19 have the assistance and resources they need,” Ducey said in a statement. “We want these resources to be easy to access and available for all who need them. We’ll continue working with our partners in the government, non-profit and private sectors to come together and support Arizonans in need."
Arizona is requesting the following changes to the food assistance program:
- Allow DES to approve applications without eligibility interviews, resulting in quicker and more efficient services.
- Allow all eligible families to purchase prepared and hot meals from grocery stores.
- Waive the work requirements for eligible students while employment opportunities are more scarce.
- Provide to eligible families the maximum allotment allowed for up to two months.
- Extend certification periods by 90 days, saving clients time and ensuring benefits are provided to clients during the pandemic.
To apply for nutrition assistance, you can visit https://www.healthearizonaplus.gov/ or call (855) 432-7587.
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