Heralded as the largest increase in food-stamp benefits in history, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) monthly benefits will increase beginning Oct. 1.
The increase will be, on average, $36 per person, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced.
The cost adjustment is the first time the purchasing power of the Thrifty Food Plan has changed since it was first introduced in 1975.
The plan was adjusted to reflect current food prices, what Americans typically eat, dietary guidance, and the nutrients in food items. For example, the revised plan includes more fish and red and orange vegetables to align with recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.