WASHINGTON—This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a 15% increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits through September 2021. This additional funding will provide an estimated $3.5 billion to households experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The agency received the funds through President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which invests federal resources to reduce hunger across the country, strengthen the food supply chain, invest in rural America and provide long awaited support to underserved, socially disadvantaged communities.
The 15% bump in SNAP benefits will provide about $28 more per person, per month, or more than $100 more per month for a household of four, in additional SNAP benefits.
“We cannot sit by and watch food insecurity grow in the United States,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, in a press release. “The American Rescue Plan brings help to those hurting the most due to the pandemic. It increases SNAP benefits so households can afford to put food on the table. It invests in working people and small towns and small businesses to get the economy back on track. And it makes the most meaningful investments in generations to reduce poverty.”
More retailers are looking for ways to accept SNAP benefits, particularly online, in order to better serve customers during this time of social distancing. For example, retailers Walmart and Amazon both expanded their online SNAP payment tests last year. For more information on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, be sure to check out the NACS Advocacy Page for SNAP.
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