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Good News for Valley: SNAP Benefits Rise 25% in October

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With Valley families struggling to put food on the table, a 25% increase in SNAP benefits is coming on Oct. 1. (AP File)
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There is good news for Americans relying on SNAP benefits to put food on the table.

The Biden administration has approved a 25% increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits beginning Oct. 1. The hike is $36.24 per person.

The change follows a review of the Thrifty Food Plan, which found the price to maintain a healthy diet was 21% higher than the last evaluation in 2006.

Costa Praises Increase

Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno) hailed the increase, saying it was “long overdue” and is “critical to our most vulnerable citizens.”

Nearly 4.3 million Californians receive SNAP benefits, including 25% of those living in Costa’s 16th Congressional district.

“I fought to expand this program in the 2018 Farm Bill and I will keep fighting to ensure no American goes hungry,” Costa said in a news release.

The increase will benefit many other Valley residents as well.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 14% of residents in the 22nd District represented by Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) receive SNAP benefits. An identical percentage receive SNAP in House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s Bakersfield-anchored district.

And, 22% of the households represented by David Valado (R-Hanford) are getting SNAP assistance.

 

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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