Pandemic food assistance extended for 25 million Americans

The USDA has extended its' pandemic food assistance program, SNAP, to the estimated 25 million enrolled Americans

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- For Americans fighting to put food on the table during the pandemic, relief is coming. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that they are increasing emergency SNAP benefits for the estimated 25 million people in very low-income households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Starting in April, households that had not gotten at least $95/month in increased benefits through emergency pandemic allotments–if they were already at or close to receiving the maximum benefit–will now be able to get additional benefits.

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For households that have been getting increased payments of at least $95/month, benefit levels will remain unchanged.

“The emergency SNAP increases authorized by Congress last year were not being distributed equitably, and the poorest households – who have the least ability to absorb the economic shocks brought about by COVID – received little to no emergency benefit increases,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “As part of President Biden’s commitment to delivering economic relief, and ensure every family can afford to put food on the table, today’s actions will provide much-needed support for those who need it most.”

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was enacted to authorize emergency allotments to SNAP households to help address temporary food needs. Since the pandemic began, the USDA has issued around $29 billion in additional benefits.

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