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SNAP supplement for children under age 6

Congress has authorized a temporary assistance program for SNAP households with children under the age of 6, during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Supplemental SNAP benefits for children under 6, who are determined eligible, will be issued beginning in March 2021.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Family Resources continues to help Hoosiers feed their families during the public health emergency as the issuer of the supplemental benefits for eligible children under six.

DFR will partner with all Indiana schools and the FSSA Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning to obtain the required information for eligibility.

Who is eligible for SNAP supplemental benefits for children under 6? 

  • Children who were under age 6 in a household that received or will receive SNAP benefits any time between October 2020 and September 2021 and
  • Child is eligible to receive child care and the child care facility is closed or operating with reduced attendance or hours, or
  • If they live in the area of a school that is closed or operating with a virtual or hybrid schedule

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Do we have to apply?

No. DFR will identify all children under 6 who are or have been enrolled in a SNAP household during the eligibility period. In addition, DFR will:

  • Identify the ZIP code of residence for each SNAP eligible child under age 6,
  • Determine whether any school in the same ZIP code is closed or offering virtual learning to its students for each month from October 2020 through September 2021:
    • If the state identifies at least one such school that is closed or offering virtual learning, SNAP enrolled children under age six will receive a supplemental benefit equal to the average statewide P-EBT benefit for school children during that quarter
    • If the state does not identify at least one such school, DFR will work with the OECOSL to verify eligibility for children in that ZIP code and verify if the child care facility meets the eligibility requirements
      • The child care facility requirements include:
        • the facility is closed or operating with reduced attendance or hours or
        • the child care facility is in the area of at least one school that is closed or offering virtual learning to its students
  • Issue benefits for the months of October 2020 through December 2020 with a single issuance in March 2021
  • Issue benefits for the following months the month following each calendar quarter. For example, January-March 2021 benefits will be issued in April 2021
SNAP supplement for children under age 6Monthly statewide averageQuarterly supplement benefit amountIssuance month
October - December 2020$67.97$203.91March 2021
January - March 2021  April 30, 2021
April - June 2021  July 30, 2021
July - September 2021  September 30, 2021

Who can tell me if my child will receive SNAP supplement for children under 6 assistance?

If your child meets the eligibility criteria above, they will receive this supplemental benefit.

How much will my child receive?

SNAP enrolled children under age 6 will receive a supplemental benefit equal to the average statewide supplemental benefit issued to school children during that quarter. Please see the statewide average listed above.

When will I receive the benefits?

Please refer to the issuance schedule above.

Will each child receive the same amount of benefit?

No, each child will receive the monthly average listed above for each month during the quarter that the child was under age 6 and receiving SNAP benefits.

Are the supplemental benefits going to be deposited on the SNAP/TANF EBT card?

Yes, the benefits will be issued on the active EBT card for households currently receiving SNAP benefits. A new EBT card will be mailed to those households that were enrolled during the period but are currently not receiving SNAP. This new EBT card will be issued in each eligible child’s name.

These cards should be activated using the date of birth for the child named on the card and all zeros for the social security number.