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SNAP supplement for children under age 6

Indiana has recently been approved to issue supplemental benefits for children under 6 for the 21/22 school year.

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

  • For the 21/22 “school year”:  Children who were under age 6 in a household that received SNAP benefits any time between August, 2021 and May, 2022 (only eligible for the months in which the child was under age 6 AND receiving SNAP).  Please see estimated issuance dates below.
  • For the “Summer Issuance” which was issued on 7/29/22, the requirements are:  Child was under age 6 as of June 1, 2022; and on SNAP in the month of June.
  • If they live in the area of a school that is closed or operating with a virtual or hybrid schedule

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 September 2021 through May, 2022:
    • 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 for each month that they are eligible.
    • An eligible child is a child who is:  Under 6 and on SNAP in a month and who did not receive school age PEBT.  A child may be eligible in one month and not in another.  Benefits are only issued for eligible months.
      Example 1:  Child is 5 and on SNAP in the month of September and October, 2021.  Child is eligible for the benefit in September and October.  SNAP closes at the end of October, so child is no longer eligible in November.
      Example 2:  Child is 5 and on SNAP September through December.  Child turns 6 on January 25.  Child is eligible for benefit September-January, and is not eligible in February.
Benefit PeriodBenefit amount per eligible month Issuance month
October - December 2020 March 2021
January - March 2021 May 31, 2021
April - June 2021 July 30, 2021
July - September 2021 October 2021
September - December 2021 $36.41 for each eligible month November 4, 2022
January - May 2022$41.20 for each eligible month November 4, 2022
Summer issuance 2022 August 1, 2022

For those who are no longer on SNAP and will require a card be mailed, please allow 3 weeks for card receipt.

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 for each eligible month.

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 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.