Louisiana residents with SNAP to see increased benefits starting in October

Louisiana residents with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will see an increase in their monthly household allotment in October. The increase comes as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture reevaluating the Thrifty Food Plan, which is used to set the amount of food assistance people participating in SNAP receive, to more accurately reflect the cost of a healthy diet. This is the first cost adjustment in more than 45 years, according to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

“It’s important that families have the means to be able to afford a healthy, balanced diet,” Department of Children and Family Services Assistant Secretary for Family Support Shavana Howard said in a statement. “We know there are challenges in purchasing healthier items, but this adjustment will give SNAP participants the ability to access those healthier choices which will not only benefit them in terms of having food to eat, but will also benefit them through leading healthier lives.”

For a family of three in Louisiana, this will result in the maximum allotment of $535 per month increasing to a maximum of $658 a month. Overall in Louisiana, the average monthly SNAP benefit increase will be around $12 to $20 per person. The reevaluation also slightly increases the max monthly gross income allowable.

In August, Louisiana had 401,531 SNAP households accounting for 832,088 individuals, nearly half of whom – 369,742 – are under 18 years old. These households received a total $191,607,547 in SNAP benefits in August 2021, according to the Department of Children and Family Services.

USDA projects that total SNAP benefits issued for the upcoming fiscal year will increase $435 million in Louisiana under the revised Thrifty Food Plan, leading to an estimated $670 million in additional economic impact for the state.

Due to the USDA’s annual cost-of-living adjustment, the income limits and some deductions for SNAP are also changing, effective Oct. 1. The new income limits and maximum allotments can be found at www.dcfs.la.gov/snap-allotments.

New SNAP household maximums 

Household size Prior Max Benefit ($) New Max Benefit ($)
1 204 250
2 374 459
3 535 658
4 680 835
5 807 992
6 969 1,190
7 1,071 1,316
8 1,224 1,504
Each additional member 153 188

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