Starting this month, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food stamp recipients will receive an increase in their benefits in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The increase in benefits took effect on Thursday
As announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). With the increase, a four-person household will receive $680 a month. Previously they would have received $646 a month, according to the statement.
“Higher maximum monthly benefits will help ensure snap participants continue to have access to nutritious food during these unprecedented times,” said Pam Miller, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Administrator. “These individuals and families are also eligible for other FNS [Food and Nutrition Service] programs that are helping to meet a greater need.”
The Food and Nutrition Act 2008 requires maximum SNAP benefit allocations for each fiscal year (October to September) to be adjusted to reflect the average cost of the June Thrifty Food Plan. The Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) is one of four USDA-designed food plans that specify food and food quantities to provide adequate nutrition.
The June 2020 Food Cost Report revealed a 5.3% increase in the cost of TFF compared to last year, more than double the average annual increase of 2%, representing the increase in food costs, according to the communiqué.
Because of the pandemic and economic challenges it has brought, until the end of October Florins who wish to enroll in SNAP will not be required to demonstrate that they are working or trying to enter the labor market.