Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients will see their monthly benefits decrease beginning on Friday. As USDA’s top official in charge of the program, Kecin Concannon wanted to ensure that SNAP recipients know this change is coming and understand what it means for families.
The amount of SNAP benefits each eligible household receives depends on many things, such as income, household size and expenses. In addition, SNAP households have been receiving an increased amount of benefits because of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a piece of legislation that provided a temporary boost in benefits to help individuals and families impacted by the economic downturn.
However, the portion of the legislation that provided these additional benefits ends on Thursday. As a result, beginning on Friday, monthly benefit will decrease. The amount of the decrease depends on household size.
Assuming no other changes in income, household size, or expenses between October and November, this table shows the decrease in SNAP benefits in November by household size.
This change will affect each household. To make sure you get the correct SNAP benefit, give your caseworker information about your household.
As November approaches, there are USDA resources available to help plan and prepare healthy meals at a low cost, including:
- Plan, Compare and Prepare, tips to save money and eat healthier.
- Eat Right When Money’s Tight, tips to help stretch food dollars further.
- The USDA Recipe Box helps people find healthy low cost recipes and create cookbooks and shopping lists.
- 10-Tips Nutrition Series with easy-to-follow tips for a healthy diet.
- ChooseMyPlate.gov to learn more about building a healthy plate.
“At USDA, we remain committed to ensuring that low-income children and families have access to the critical nutrition assistance programs they need as they get back on their feet,” Concannon said.
If you are a SNAP recipient and have questions about your case or the change happening on Friday, contact your caseworker immediately or call your state’s information hotline.