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Food stamps benefits going up because price of food is rising

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Posted at 4:59 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 20:00:56-04

People will start receiving more money to combat the price of food rising during COVID-19.

The maximum benefit is going up 5.3% as of Thursday, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

The bump is based on the average cost of a USDA-designed food plan in the preceding June.

Nearly all states have opted to provide food stamp beneficiaries the maximum benefit for their household size, which was authorized by Congress in a coronavirus rescue bill in mid-March.

Recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, will likely see the increase starting this month.