SNAP benefits are increasing! As of this month, new updates to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Thrifty Food Plan will increase SNAP benefits.
The following table shows the increased projected average benefits for households:
What is the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP)?
The Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) is the set of guidelines used to determine the amount of SNAP benefits a household will receive. For the first time in over a decade, these guidelines have been reviewed to account for increasing costs of food and updated nutrition guidelines. The changes to the TFP mean that families across the country will get a 21% increase in monthly SNAP benefits starting this October, 2021.
Compared to the previous TFP, this new plan accounts for the oftentimes higher prices of healthy food items and includes more variety of fruits, vegetables, and proteins so that SNAP recipients can have a balanced diet that aligns with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The goal of this updated plan is to help families access the food they need for a healthier diet.
What does this mean for my SNAP?
The recent update to SNAP increases benefit levels by 21% overall. Most families will feel a modest boost to their SNAP as this increase comes right after the Covid-19 SNAP 15% increase that ended September 30, 2021. Unlike the 15% increase, this new change to SNAP benefits is permanent. Read more about the recent timeline of changes to SNAP this year.
This SNAP benefits increase is a welcome change to the program that has been long-overdue. It’s a step towards creating a more functional and fair SNAP program that prioritizes individuals and families.
The past year and a half has held many challenges for families and individuals trying to access food. It is encouraging to witness a positive and necessary change to the SNAP program that will help folks access the support they need.
If you think you might be eligible for SNAP, now’s a great time to apply! Contact the Food Bank’s SNAP hotline today at 855-444-5556 to learn more and apply today.
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***If you have received notice of a SNAP overpayment from Nebraska DHHS, you can reach out through our Community Assistance Line for information about your rights and options.***