Each October 1 the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) adjusts the standards and deductions used to determine the amount of monthly benefits an eligible family will receive. This toolkit provides tools and resources to help community organizations when working with SNAP applicants.
Update: Thrifty Food Plan Revised for October 1, 2021
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it has updated the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP), which is used to set SNAP benefit levels.
The maximum SNAP benefits will increase by 21 percent—raising the average benefit from about $4.25 per person per day to about $5.45 per person per day starting October 1, 2021. This modest increase will make a difference for families who often run out of benefits before month’s end.
While this revision to the TFP makes a much-needed, long-term change, SNAP households will see benefits rise by only 7 percent in October when the revised TFP takes effect, because at the same time, a temporary pandemic-related 15% SNAP boost will end.