The Biden administration on Monday announced a historic expansion to the nation’s food stamp program, a decision that will give more than 40 million Americans about 30% more to spend on groceries while racking up billions in costs to the program.

“To set SNAP families up for success, we need a Thrifty Food Plan that supports current dietary guidance on a budget,” said Stacy Dean, deputy undersecretary for food, nutrition, and consumer services, in the detailed report. “Too many of our fellow Americans struggle to afford healthy meals. The revised plan is one step toward getting them the support they need to feed their families.”

A shopper weighs her food options at a local grocery store.  (

Average monthly benefits, which were $121 per person before the COVID-19 pandemic, will increase by $36.24 per person, or $1.19 per day, totaling $157.24 monthly. 


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