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USDA Increases SNAP Benefits

Published: August 16, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) that is used to calculate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The 2021 TFP represents the cost of a practical, nutritious, cost-effective diet for a family of four based on the latest available data.

The resulting cost adjustment will increase benefits by 21 percent. This is the first time the purchasing power of the plan has changed since it was first introduced in 1975, reflecting notable shifts in the food marketplace and consumers’ circumstances over the past 45 years.

As a result of the TFP re-evaluation, SNAP-participating households will receive an increase in monthly benefits of, on average, $36 per person, or about $1.20 per day starting on October 1, 2021.

In Illinois, SNAP benefits will increase by $961 million for the fiscal year 2022, from $3.53 billion to $4.49 billion.

For more information, read the USDA’s August 16, 2021 press release.