Resource | Data
USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food (monthly reports)

The Thrifty, Low-Cost, Moderate-Cost, and Liberal Food Plans each represent a nutritious diet at a different cost. The Thrifty Food Plan is the basis for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) allotments. (All files are PDFs unless otherwise noted.)

Resource | History
A Short History of SNAP

939 – The First Food Stamp Program

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP – Fiscal Year 2019 Cost-of-Living Adjustments

This memorandum provides the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) maximum allotments, income eligibility standards, and deductions. Under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 COLAs are effective as of October 1, 2018.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Income Eligibility Standards

Income eligibility standards are set by law. Gross monthly income limits are set at 130 percent of the poverty level for the household size. Net monthly income limits are set at 100 percent of poverty.

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP Fiscal Year 2018 Cost of Living Adjustments

This memorandum provides the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) maximum allotments, income eligibility standards, and deductions. Under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 COLAs are effective as of October 1, 2017.

Resource | Regulations
Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Information

We adjust SNAP maximum allotments, deductions, and income eligibility standards at the beginning of each Federal fiscal year. The fiscal year begins on October 1st. The changes are based on changes in the cost of living. Cost of living is the amount of money needed to support a basic standard of living.

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP Fiscal Year 2017 Cost of Living Adjustments

This memorandum provides the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Cost-of-Living-Adjustments (COLA) to SNAP maximum allotments, income eligibility standards, and deductions.  COLAs are effective as of October 1, 2016.

Resource | Policy Memos
SNAP FY 2016 Cost of Living Adjustments