Inside the Historic Boost for SNAP Food Assistance
This week, the Biden administration updated its Thrifty Food Plan, which is used to calculate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
The analysis led to an increase in the average SNAP benefit which is set to increase in October 2022.
The cost adjustment, according to the Biden administration, is the first update since the plan was first introduced in 1975.
Food insecurity is a big issue, especially as the social determinants of health increasingly are in health policy discussion. For example, one Health Affairs research article found that food-insecure children are at least twice as likely to report being in fair or poor health.
SNAP reduces the prevalence of food security. Listen to Health Affairs’ Editors Jessica Bylander and Leslie Erdelack discuss the Biden administration’s latest move on SNAP, and what it means for health care.
- Biden Administration Prompts Largest Permanent Increase in Food Stamps (The New York Times)
- USDA Modernizes the Thrifty Food Plan, Updates SNAP Benefits (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
- Loss Of SNAP Is Associated With Food Insecurity And Poor Health In Working Families With Young Children (Health Affairs)
- The Effect Of The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program On Mortality (Health Affairs)
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