SNAP will use an estimated $45.2 billion of Recovery Act funds to increase benefits to serve the growing number of families seeking assistance. Almost all (97 %) of SNAP benefits are redeemed in grocery stores and at farmers' markets within 30 days, providing an economic stimulus and helping low-income families purchase food. Starting in April 2009, most four-person households began receiving an $80 increase in their monthly SNAP allotment to spend on groceries. These ARRA-funded benefit increases will end on Oct. 31, 2013.
The Recovery Act also provided nearly $300 million to States for SNAP administrative expenses in FY 2009 and 2010.
SNAP ARRA Plan Update (June 18, 2010)
The ARRA investments in SNAP have been implemented as planned with benefit increases going out on April 1, 2009 and continuing each month, and administrative dollars being spent by SNAP State agencies to address the significant caseload increases.