SNAP benefit allotments will be loaded automatically onto eligible Electric Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards starting November 15, 2021, the Virginia Department of Social Services reports.
The additional assistance is available to all 42 million SNAP beneficiaries. Benefits are awarded on a sliding scale and the new maximum will rise to $835 a month for a family of four, an increase of 21 percent, according to the Times. The average benefit will rise 27 percent from pre-pandemic levels, adjusted for inflation.
SNAP the acronym for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves as the first line of defense against hunger for Virginia residents. It enables low-income families to buy nutritious food with coupons and Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. SNAP recipients spend their benefits to buy eligible food in authorized retail food stores.
The Center on Budget and Priority Policies reports, "Table 1 shows the maximum SNAP benefit levels in fiscal year 2022 for households of different sizes and estimated average benefits (without the temporary pandemic-related increases that still are in effect in most states but will likely end in fiscal year 2022.)"
The Biden administration has approved a significant and permanent increase in the levels of food stamp assistance available to needy families—the largest single increase in the program’s history. Starting in October 2021, average benefits for food stamps (officially known as the SNAP program) will rise more than 25 percent above pre-pandemic levels.
It's important to note that this round of emergency allotment benefits are, however, only available to current SNAP households only and do not apply to Pandemic EBT recipients.
This move is in accordance with President Biden's efforts to lessen poverty and make generational improvements.