SNAP Benefits Are Changing

Last Published: 09/06/2013

Why are my benefits changing?
Your benefits are changing for two reasons. First, your benefits will change due to the costs of living. These changes happen every year. Second, your benefits will change because a law called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) raised SNAP benefits to help people affected by the recession and the part of the law that raised SNAP benefits is ending.

When are my benefits changing?
On October 1, your benefits may go up a little bit due to changes in the costs of living. On November 1, your benefits will go down due to the end of the extra benefits provided by the 2009 law.

How much are my benefits going down on November 1?  
Your benefits depend on many things like income, household size and expenses.  So it is hard to say exactly how your benefits will change.  If you live in a household of 4 and nothing else changes, your benefit would go down $36.

How can I eat healthy on a low budget?
Here are some places you can find tips to help you prepare healthy meals on a low budget:

The Recipe Box can help you find healthy, low cost recipes, and create cookbooks and shopping lists.  Use it to search for recipes based on total cost or cost per serving.

What should I do if I need food right away?
Contact your regional food bank and ask for the nearest food distribution site.  Or call your State’s information line and ask for the nearest food pantry or food distribution site.