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Families to see slight increase in SNAP benefits

Posted: 1:25 PM, Oct 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-04 13:25:54-04
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(WTXL) — People who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will see a slight increase in their benefits due to federal cost of living adjustments.

Every year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) adjusts maximum SNAP allotments, deductions and income eligibility standards. Those changes go into effect on Oct. 1.

For those who have SNAP benefits, that means you'll see a slight increase in benefits. For those who are seeking those benefits, the eligibility requirements have changed to make that a little bit easier.

The USDA adjusts the SNAP monthly allotment based on food costs in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index (CPI). Increases in monthly benefits will vary depending on the number of people in the household.

Household SizeOct. 1, 2018Oct. 1, 2019Change
Each additional person+$144+$146$2

The minimum monthly allotment is also increasing from $15 to $16. SNAP’s income eligibility limits and allowable deductions are also increasing. The gross and net monthly income limits are increasing as well.

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