The USDA is set to permanently boost food stamp benefits by 25%. The Biden administration has approved a significant and permanent increase in the levels of food stamp assistance available to needy families—the largest single increase in the program’s history. Starting in October, average benefits for food stamps — officially known as the SNAP program — will rise more than 25 percent above pre-pandemic levels. The increased assistance will be available indefinitely to all 42 million SNAP beneficiaries according to the Associated Press.
15 to 21 percent of Mississippians receive SNAP benefits including many in our Central Mississippi counties.