Biden administration approves largest increase to SNAP food assistance benefits in program’s history – The Washington Post

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will announce Monday morning that benefit amounts for the program, formerly known as food stamps, will rise an average of 25 percent above pre-pandemic levels. First reported by the New York Times and confirmed by a spokeswoman at the USDA, average monthly benefits, which were $121 per person before the pandemic, will rise by $36 under the new rules.

The increase is based on an update to the Thrifty Food Plan, the formula used to calculate SNAP benefits, which surveys the changing costs of various categories of food.

Source: Biden administration approves largest increase to SNAP food assistance benefits in program’s history – The Washington Post