Capitol Correspondence - 03.23.21

USDA Increases Food Assistance Benefits by $100 Per Household Per Month Until September

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Many people with disabilities rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for food benefits because they have lower incomes than their peers without disabilities. We anticipate this announcement will be useful for our members who assist individuals in obtaining benefits.

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today a 15 percent increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits through September 2021, providing an estimated $3.5 billion to households experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is made possible by 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 percent increase 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.


Additional facts on nutrition assistance in the American Rescue Plan can be found here: