SNAP recipients get raise in benefits, USDA modernizes Thrifty Food Plan

USDA is increasing benefits for people who are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) starting in October for fiscal year 2022.

According to USDA, the department re-evaluated its Thrifty Food Plan, which calculates SNAP benefits. The agency says the 2018 Farm Bill and President Biden’s executive order directed them to conduct a data-driven review on food prices, dietary guidance, food nutrients and what Americans eat. 

As a result, the revised plan includes more fish and red and orange vegetables and other food according to new dietary guidelines.

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says a “modernized Thrifty Food Plan” is more than a commitment to nutrition, it’s an “investment in our nation’s health, economy and security.”

This is the first time the plan has been updated since it was introduced in 1975.  

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