Food Bank of Lincoln: SNAP updates

Beginning this month, SNAP benefits will be permanently increasing by about 21%.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal program that helps individuals and families buy the food they need. Benefits are put on an EBT card that can be used to purchase groceries.

Beginning this month, SNAP benefits will be permanently increasing by about 21%. On average, a 21% boost means an extra $1.19 per person, per day to help cover the cost of food. Current SNAP recipients do not need to take any action to receive this increase because it will automatically process.

This change is the result of the USDA’s re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan, which is the tool used to set SNAP benefits. The Thrifty Food Plan identifies the estimated cost of a low-budget healthy diet.

The Food Bank of Lincoln encourages neighbors in need of food assistance to apply for SNAP—or if they have been denied in the past, to reapply.

For more information on SNAP benefits and the Food Bank of Lincoln, click here.

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