USDA data indicates that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food security

USDA data indicates that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food security

but it is administered by the states, leading to inconsistent distribution of benefits across the nation.

Across all states, the eligibility requirements and benefit levels are the same except in Alaska and Hawaii.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the method by which benefits are calculated varies from state to state.

In New Hampshire, for instance, only 6% of the population participates in SNAP, and they receive a relatively

low payment of $110 per month. Approximately 17% of Louisiana's population receives SNAP, and they receive an average of $135 a month. 

A state with a large population has more SNAP recipients, and a state with a high poverty rate has more residents eligible for the program.

States can even change the name of the program. For example, Wisconsin's program is called FoodShare. It's called CalFresh in California. Utah still calls it food stamps.

As part of the social safety net, SNAP plays a vital role. Learn how SNAP is distributed by each state.

For 2022, there will be more household and individual allotments

Cost of living adjustment (COLA) for SNAP will be implemented in 2022, the USDA announced in 2021.

According to the changes, the maximum monthly allotment for a family of four has been raised to $835 in the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C.

Alaskans who live in rural or urban areas can now get between $1,074 and $1,667 per month for a family of four.

According to Hawaii's COLA, a family of four can spend $1,573 per month.

In the District of Columbia and the Lower 48, Alaska is $26 to $40, and Hawaii is $38.

Also raised were benefits for Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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