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FPI Staff
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October 1, 2021

What to Expect: SNAP Benefit Changes

This post was last updated on September 29, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

Floridians who participate in SNAP to put food on the table received a temporary 15 percent supplement under  the American Rescue Plan Act through September 2021. Although this 15 percent supplement ended in September, the federal Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has mandated a permanent increase to SNAP through a revamp of the Thrifty Food Plan beginning October 2021.

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