SNAP will use an estimated
$45.2 billion of Recovery Act
increase benefits to serve the
growing number of families
seeking assistance. Almost all
(97%) of SNAP benefits are
redeemed in grocery stores and
at Farmer’s 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 October 31, 2013.
The Recovery Act also provided
nearly $300 million to States
for SNAP administrative expenses
in FY 2009 and 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.