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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris just approved a record increase for the food stamp program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program assistance will increase by over 25% more than pre-pandemic levels for the roughly 42 million people on SNAP beneficiaries. That is about 12 percent of the population in case you were wondering. The new rule will increase the average monthly benefits from $121 to $157 per person.
“As directed by the 2018 Farm Bill passed by a Republican-led Congress, the Department of Agriculture conducted a scientifically rigorous and data-driven review of the Thrifty Food Plan,”
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We will release the results of that review soon and will be prepared to brief members of Congress interested in the results.”
And Biden is making this permanent. The AP reports:
The Biden administration has approved a significant and permanent increase in the levels of food stamp assistance available to needy families—the largest single increase in the program’s history.
Starting in October, average benefits for food stamps (officially known as the SNAP program) will rise more than 25 percent above pre-pandemic levels. The increased assistance will be available indefinitely to all 42 million SNAP beneficiaries.
The Biden administration is increasing the benefits by updating what’s known as the Thrifty Food Plan, the Agriculture Department’s calculation for what it costs to buy a nutritious diet with minimal resources. The plan is used to set the maximum benefit level for SNAP.
In the last farm bill, Congress asked USDA to update the plan by 2022, and then every five years after that to keep it current. The administration expedited the process to get ahead of the benefits cliff next month.
On Monday, USDA will outline exactly how it concluded that benefits should increase. One important change:
The formula will take into account convenience foods like chopped frozen vegetables, bagged salads and canned beans, which are much more common now than when the plan was last updated in 2006.
…Republicans raised concerns about Biden’s move to increase benefits ahead of the announcement Monday.
Late last week, House and Senate Agriculture Committee ranking members G.T. Thompson and John Boozman called on the Government Accountability Office to review the Biden administration’s process for updating the plan that underpins how benefits are calculated.
Republican staff on Capitol Hill have been asking USDA questions about the update for months, but have expressed frustration with what they view as a lack of transparency about the review.
Biden Admin Approves Single Largest Increase in Food Stamps History https://t.co/UTE2ygyO32
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 16, 2021
Under rules to be announced on Monday and put in place in October, average SNAP benefits will rise more than 25 percent from prepandemic levels https://t.co/H2VWTUXx8S
— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) August 15, 2021
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