The United States government under the President Joe Biden administration has announced that the food stamps/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) allotment across the United States will permanently increase by 25%. The increase in funding will begin in October 2021. 

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The change applies to all 42 million food stamp/SNAP recipients in the United States. There are more than 116,000 food stamp recipients in Mecklenburg County. The increase amounts to an extra $36 a month in EBT food stamp benefits. 

This is the biggest increase in the food stamp/SNAP history within the United States. Recent evidence consistently shows that benefit levels are too low to provide for a realistic, healthy diet, even with households contributing their own funds toward groceries.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi issued a statement saying:

“Today is a day of great progress for struggling families across the nation, who will soon see a permanent and substantial increase to their monthly SNAP benefits for the first time ever. Thanks to the Biden Administration strengthening this important lifeline, parents will be able to afford healthy food for their families and children will not have to go to bed hungry."