Governor’s Office – Press Release – Governor Ige Declares Fourth Period of Emergency Assistance to Address Food Insecurity
Posted on September 19, 2022 in Latest Department News, Press Room, Press Releases from the Governor’s Office
HONOLULU – Governor David Ige has signed a fourth emergency proclamation to allow continuation of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) emergency benefits in accordance with the federal COVID emergency. The emergency disaster relief period continues until November 18, 2022.
“Food insecurity is just one of the lingering effects of the pandemic, and the benefits of SNAP are providing Hawaiian families with nutritious food,” Governor Ige said. “It’s important for families to reach out so they can get the help they need.
The The SNAP program provides critical food and nutrition support to eligible low-income and needy households, as well as those transitioning from public assistance to self-sufficiency.
In Hawaiʻi, the Benefits, Employment, and Support Services Division (BESSD) of the Department of Human Services (DHS) administers the program and remains committed to ensuring food security for individuals and families in Hawaiʻi.
SNAP is run by the United States Department of Agriculture and is the nation’s largest food nutrition assistance program. DHS reminds the public that the The federal government requires SNAP and Financial Assistance Program (FAP) recipients to recertify or renew their eligibility each year (for most households) to continue receiving benefits.
Households can now upload the required documents on https://pais-benefits.dhs.hawaii.gov/.
However, renewal interviews must be completed over the phone, and recipients who need help with this process or information about their recertification status should call the toll-free Public Assistance Information Line at 1-855-643-1643 .
Public Information Officer
Department of Social Services