Yes, SNAP Benefits Eventually Expire. Here’s What You Should Know

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) sign outside of a storefront.

More than 42 million people rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) benefits to help afford food. The benefits were expanded at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic as a lifeline for struggling families.

But as other federal aid programs, such as expanded unemployment benefits, have expired, some are left wondering if emergency supplemental benefits they’ve received will expire, too. They fall under the same expiration rules as regular SNAP benefits—which means that yes, they can expire—but it depends on how active you are with your benefits in the first place.