USDA announces emergency benefits for SNAP

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USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that emergency benefit increases for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program have reached $2 billion per month. SNAP households receive $4.5 billion in benefits monthly in a regular month.

The emergency benefits represent a 40 increase in overall monthly benefits, which adds a boost to the food purchasing power of American families.

The emergency benefits will amount to about $240 more per month for families of 5.

SNAP households receive $4.5 billion in benefits monthly in a regular month.

“These are unprecedented times for American families who are facing joblessness and hunger. USDA is providing a 40% increase in SNAP benefits to ensure that low-income individuals have enough food to feed themselves and their families during this national emergency,” said Secretary Perdue. “President Trump is taking care of America’s working-class families who have been hit hard with economic distress due to the coronavirus. Ensuring all households receive the maximum allowable SNAP benefit is an important part of President Trump’s whole of America response to the coronavirus.”

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