The monthly benefits provided by SNAP enhance the food purchasing power of eligible low-income individuals and families. However, the greatest shortcoming of SNAP is that benefits for most households are not enough to get through the entire month without hunger or being forced to sacrifice nutrition quality.
Read FRAC analyses about the Thrifty Food Plan (which is the basis for calculating SNAP benefits), the negative impacts of SNAP benefit shortfalls on health and well-being, and key strategies to improve SNAP benefit adequacy.
- Thrifty Food Plan (TFP)
- The Case for Improving SNAP Benefit Adequacy
SNAP Benefit Adequacy: What Does the Research Tell Us? (in partnership with Children’s HealthWatch)
Preparing for the Thrifty Food Plan Update from USDA (August 12, 2021)
Legislative Action to Improve SNAP Benefit Adequacy (June 24, 2021)
- USDA ResourcesBlog: Thrifty Food Plan Re-evaluation Puts Nutrition in Reach for SNAP Participants (August 30, 2021)
Press: USDA Press Release (August 16, 2021)
- Cost of Living Adjustment for SNAP FY 2022 (August 16, 2021)
- SNAP Maximum Allotment Memo Delay (August 9, 2021)