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Think Tank Urges Escalation in SNAP Benefits


The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has suggested that increasing SNAP payments could provide benefits under anticipated conditions including widespread unemployment and disruption of the economy caused by COVID-19.

According to a study conducted by the Center in 2019, each $1expended in SNAP benefits generates $1.50 in gross domestic product.

The Center recommends a 15 percent increase in food stamps corresponding to $25 per person or $100 for a family of four each month.  Restrictions on eligibility should also be relaxed.

The recommendations by the Center are under consideration for inclusion in the relief economic package under negotiation. Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) noted "these recommendations would blunt the impact for most Americans and limit the damage to the U.S. economy."

Previously during the great recession, SNAP benefits were increased by 17 percent, at that time amounting to $80 per month for a family of four.

The Coronavirus Relief Bill signed on Wednesday18th March includes additional funding for the WIC Nutrition Program and would suspend the 90-day limit on SNAP benefits.