Alliance to End Hunger Praises Re-Evaluation of Thrifty Food Plan, Significant Assistance Gains for SNAP Recipients
August 16, 2021
WASHINGTON (August 16, 2021) – The Alliance to End Hunger today praised the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan, which will significantly increase benefits for recipients of the Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps).
“Even before the pandemic, it was clear that many individuals and families relying on SNAP were struggling to put healthy food on the table,” stated Eric Mitchell, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger. “Increasing SNAP benefits has been a priority for the Alliance and our broader community, and it is deeply gratifying to see these much-needed increases become permanent.”
The Thrifty Food Plan is used to calculate SNAP benefits for program recipients. According to USDA, the re-evaluation took into account modern food prices, the types of food people are eating, and updated nutritional guidance. The results of the re-evaluation found that “the cost of a nutritious, practical, cost effective diet is 21% higher than the current Thrifty Food Plan,” and SNAP benefits will be adjusted accordingly. Starting October 1, beneficiaries will receive an average increase of $36.24 per person, per month. Increased SNAP benefits will enable beneficiary families to afford more nutritious food options, which in turn will increase health and economic outcomes.
The re-evaluation was directed by Congress through the 2018 Farm Bill, which states that a re-evaluation must now occur every five years.
“This modernization of SNAP through re-evaluating the TFP has been a long time coming,” stated Mitchell. “We see the world changing drastically around us, and it only makes sense that our safety nets should keep up. The Alliance commends Congress, the Biden Administration, and USDA for their commitment to nutrition in this country.”