Starting in October, average food stamp benefits, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Support Program (SNAP), will increase to benefit more than 42 million SNAP recipients.
The increase will replace a similar one, which was ordered as a means of protection against the epidemic, according to the Associated Press. This benefit expires at the end of September.
The coronavirus epidemic has had a major impact on food insecurity in the United States, according to Feeding America, the nation’s largest food bank chain. The nonprofit estimates that by 2021, more than 42 million Americans, including 13 million children, will be malnourished due to the effects of the coronavirus epidemic.
Before that Increase in SNAP benefits will not solve the problem, it is a big step in the right direction, according to Feeding America.
“SNAP is the first line of defense against American hunger,” the organization said in a statement. “We at Feeding America believe that the continuous improvement of SNAP is crucial to our nation’s food security.”
I wonder how the growth will work and who it will affect. Here is what we know.
How many people can be affected by this in the San Diego area?
The coronavirus pandemic has profoundly affected famine in San Diego County and many other communities across the country.
Before the epidemic, 9.2 percent of people lived in the San Diego area is considered food insecureAccording to Feeding America, the country’s largest network of food banks և food warehouses. The ongoing economic downturn from the coronavirus has pushed that number to 11.4 percent of those on the brink of starvation.
How big is the growth?
According to numerous reports, food aid benefits will increase by an average of 25 percent from the pre-pandemic level. This means that the average monthly benefit, which before the epidemic was $ 121 per person, will increase by $ 36 under the new rules.
The increase is included in the review of the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Economy Program, which estimates the cost of purchasing groceries for a family of four and is guided by the way the government calculates benefits.
The increase is likely to cost the federal government an additional $ 20 billion a year. The change does not require congressional approval, the AP reports.
Who is eligible for the added benefits?
Growing aid is available to all 42 million SNAP beneficiaries.
Some experts argue that the increase may also persuade people who have not yet joined the program, as the greater benefits may make them less reluctant to work with paperwork and more willing to deal with the SNAP benefits stigma.
When was the last time the app was updated?
The increase marks the adjustment of the first benefits of the US Department of Agriculture’s savings plan, which was first introduced in 1975.
The 2018 farm bill forced a double examination on the program’s math, The Washington Post reports. The Biden administration issued an executive order in January urging the USDA to review the program to better reflect the modern costs of a healthy basic diet.
After reviewing the plan, the USDA decided to increase the benefits after analyzing available data on four key factors: current food prices, what Americans typically eat, dietary guidelines, and food nutrients.
Some argue that current benefits often force recipients to choose cheaper, less nutritious foods, or simply go hungry as their resources run out at the end of the month. According to the USDA, increasing monthly benefits can help SNAP recipients make healthier choices at the grocery store.
Is the growth permanent?
Growth is constant.
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