Biden administration expands SNAP
January 22, 2021 By Nicole Heslip Filed Under: News, USDA
The USDA has announced the Biden administration will expand Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to support families affected by the pandemic.
The agency’s Pandemic-EBT benefit is increasing by 15 percent and additional SNAP benefits are expected to increase as part of the recently passed COVID relief package.
Stacy Dean, Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, says more food dollars will go directly to food-insecure kids living in low-income households who are missing meals due to school closures.
USDA is working to increase emergency SNAP benefits to states and revise the Thrifty Food Plan included in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Biden is also calling on Congress to extend SNAP benefits, invest another $3 billion in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, and an additional $1 billion in nutrition assistance for U.S. Territories.
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