SNAP Food Assistance Program Gets 25% Increase & Update

The Biden administration has approved the largest increase to food assistance benefits in SNAP program history. Benefits will rise by 25 percent on average, a level food advocates say better reflects the modern cost of a basic diet.

From the Washington Post:

The increase is based on an update to the algorithm that governs the Thrifty Food Plan, which tracks the cost of 58 different categories of groceries needed to provide a budget-conscious diet for a family of four.

Anti-hunger experts have long argued the Thrifty Food Plan’s metrics are out of date with the economic realities most struggling households face. They say the plan, formulated in the 1960s, was designed when many American families still had only one working parent, allowing the other parent more time for labor-intensive, but cheap, cooking from scratch.

The 2018 Farm Bill mandated a reexamination of the program’s math, and in a January executive order, the Biden administration asked the Agriculture Department to revise the Thrifty Food Plan to better reflect the modern cost of a healthy basic diet.

Read more at the Washington Post.