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Does SNAP Cover the Cost of a Meal?

Take a look at an amazing interactive map from the Urban Institute that shows the gap between the average cost of a meal in your county and what is covered by SNAP.

From Urban Institute:

"More than 43 million Americans participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp program). But even the maximum benefit in 2020 fell short of low-income meal costs in 96 percent of US counties.

In December 2020, Congress approved a temporary 15 percent increase in maximum SNAP benefits; the American Rescue Plan Act passed in March 2021 extended that increase to September 2021. But even with this boost, the maximum SNAP benefit still falls short in 41 percent of US counties.

The map compares the maximum SNAP benefit per meal with the average cost of a low-income meal in 2020 with and without the 15 percent increase. Click on a county to zoom in and see more details."


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