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USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food Reports (monthly reports)

The USDA food plans represent a healthy diet at four different cost levels. Each food plan specifies quantities of food and beverage categories that can be purchased and prepared to make healthy meals and snacks at home.

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SNAP and the Thrifty Food Plan

SNAP benefit amounts are updated each year based on the cost of the Thrifty Food Plan in June and take effect on Oct. 1. The Thrifty Food Plan is the cost of groceries needed to provide a healthy, budget-conscious diet for a family of four.

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Thrifty Food Plan - 2021

The Thrifty Food Plan, 2021 was released on August 16, 2021. The TFP represents the cost of a nutritious, practical, cost-effective diet.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0086

TEFAP - Thrifty Food Plan Adjustment of TEFAP Funding

Based on USDA’s re-evaluation, the Thrifty Food Plan is increasing by 21% and total national FY 2022 TEFAP entitlement food funding will increase by an estimated $57.75 million. We will be sharing additional details and final numbers after the budget is finalized.

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The Thrifty Food Plan Re-Evaluation

Congress directed USDA to re-evaluate the Thrifty Food Plan based on “current food prices, food composition data, consumption patterns, and dietary guidance.”  The 2021 TFP reflects the latest available data and is designed to meet the needs of low-income Americans in a cost-conscious way.

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Estimated Increase in SNAP Benefits - FY 2022

As a result of the Thrifty Food Plan re-evaluation, SNAP-participating households will receive an increase in benefits of , on average, $36 per person – or about $1.20 per day.

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USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food

The Thrifty Food Plan, 2021 was released on August 16, 2021. The TFP represents the cost of a nutritious, practical, cost-effective diet. 

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Thrifty Food Plan - 2021

The Thrifty Food Plan, 2021 was released on August 16, 2021. The TFP represents the cost of a nutritious, practical, cost-effective diet.

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You Spoke, We Listened - USDA Asks for Feedback About Updating SNAP Benefits

USDA is preparing an update to the Thrifty Food Plan, which is used to determine SNAP benefits. The TFP was last updated in 2006. As part of the update, USDA hosted 5 listening sessions with SNAP participants as well as local and national advocates, researchers, and policymakers to gather diverse insights on the TFP. Here’s a snapshot of what they shared.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2021-0082

SNAP Maximum Allotment Memo Delay

The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 required USDA to re-evaluate the Thrifty Food Plan by 2022 and every 5 years thereafter based on current food prices, food composition data, consumption patterns and dietary guidance. By law, the June TFP is the basis for SNAP maximum allotments for the following fiscal year.