Millions of Americans rely on SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, to extend their grocery budget in order to afford nutritious foods. As of October 1st, the program received a much-needed boost to meet the increased costs of living.
Every October, SNAP benefits increase to take the cost of living into account. The 2024 change has come into effect and SNAP recipients will receive more money in October. However, the slight increase doesn’t fully reflect the higher price tags we are all seeing these days, and it will only do so much for families who rely on SNAP.
For the 2024 fiscal year, the maximum monthly benefit for a family of four will increase from $939 to $973. Benefits will vary depending on several different factors, such as household size, income, etc. But recipients can broadly expect a 3.6 percent increase on what is currently received. These new benefit amounts will stay in place through September 30, 2024. After that date, they may change again depending on any changes in the cost of living.
Congress will soon be making critical decisions regarding SNAP, a program that feeds 40 million people annually, 14 million of which are children. SNAP is one of our most powerful tools to fight hunger! It is pivotal that we use our voices to protect and strengthen SNAP in this year’s Farm Bill, which determines SNAP’s funding and structure.
What is the Farm Bill?
The Farm Bill is a significant piece of legislation that reauthorizes many important agriculture and nutrition programs, including SNAP. With the current Farm Bill just expiring in September 2023, Congress is considering policy changes in the 2024 Farm Bill that could affect millions of American families who rely on SNAP to put food on the table. The upcoming Farm Bill is an opportunity to preserve and improve SNAP benefits.
Many Florida families and individuals continue to suffer from hunger, and it is essential that the lifeline of SNAP is preserved for those who rely on this assistance to alleviate hunger and achieve a healthy diet.
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