SNAP Indiana benefits to change as Thrifty Food Plan increase begins

Changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — commonly known as food stamps — will go into effect in October, removing one of the boosts provided by emergency pandemic funds and instituting an overall increase to its base rate. 

The 15% increase to pre-pandemic benefits provided by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 expires Sept. 30, and changes to the Thrifty Food Plan, the basis of the U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s formula for determining food stamp benefits that were announced in August go into effect in October.

SNAP benefits update:The USDA is updating the formula for SNAP benefits. Here’s what that means for Hoosiers.

The result, according to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, will be that many Hoosiers using SNAP will see a slight increase to their total monthly benefit. 

But with so many changes happening at once, things might get a little confusing. Here’s what you need to know.

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What is SNAP?

SNAP, colloquially referred to as food stamps, is a federal nutritional assistance program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In Indiana, it’s overseen by the Family and Social Services Administration’s Department of Family Resources. The program’s goal is to make nutritional food more readily accessible to low-income families.

In July, the month for which most recent data is available from the FSSA, 624,959 Hoosiers received nearly $144 million in SNAP benefits.