Published On: Mon, Aug 16th, 2021

Biden Admin Approves Over $30 Average Increase in Food Stamp Assistance

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The Biden administration has approved the largest single increase in food stamp assistance in the program’s history. The boost, announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Aug. 16, is based on an update to the algorithm that governs the Thrifty Food Plan, which tracks and suggests the cost of budget-conscious nutritional goals for American families. Average benefits from the government’s primary food welfare program, called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), will increase more than 25 percent above pre-pandemic levels for 42 million beneficiaries. The average per-person benefits received by eligible Americans via the program will rise on average to $157 per month from $121. The changes don’t require congressional approval. In 2018, Congress passed a law ordering a review of the plan. Upon taking office, President Joe Biden asked the Agriculture Department to fast-track the review so that benefits “reflect the true cost of a basic healthy diet,” The New York …

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