As life begins to return to normal this summer, too many families still need food and essentials. Help end summer hunger.

Understanding SNAP Benefits

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal aid program that provides assistance with buying food to people with lower incomes. Commonly known as “food stamps,” the program is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture. The amount of SNAP benefits received by individual households is dependent on that household’s size, income and expenses.

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SNAP benefits can be used to buy most food items, as well as plants and seeds to grow food, but they cannot be used for prepared or heated food, vitamins or medicines, diapers, pet food or essential household items like cleaning supplies, hygiene products or toilet paper.

Since these non-SNAP eligible products often take a substantial bite out of family budgets in lower-income communities, organizations like Feed the Children that provide bulk quantities of these essential items can play an important role in allowing parents and caregivers to spend more money on food for their families.

Several facts and recent developments are noteworthy with regard to SNAP benefits and federal response to the economic effects of the COVID-19 health crisis:

  • In fiscal year 2020, SNAP households received an average of about $246 a month ($2.73/meal).
  • The average SNAP benefit per person was about $125 per month, or about $1.39 per person, per meal, in fiscal year 2020.
  • The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 extends a 15% increase to monthly SNAP benefits through September 30. After this date, benefits will return to previous levels.
  • Under APA guidelines, an average individual will receive an additional $18.75 each month or 20 cents per meal, an increase of $143.75/month or $1.60/meal.
  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (March 2021) allows students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals to receive SNAP benefits. It has also granted greater flexibility for schools to serve free meals beyond school grounds, via school buses and other methods, and for families to pick up meals at community centers.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture has fully funded free meals for all students through September 30, 2021 and has granted school districts considerable flexibility in administering them.

Thank you!

These corporate partners stand up for struggling children and families by providing food and daily essentials. Their donations make it possible to deliver the nutrition kids lack access to during the summer months when school meal programs are closed. We thank them for their partnership as we work together to end summer hunger.

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Our sponsors are heroes. Without them, our work would not be possible. We rely on the generosity of our corporate partners to help the children, families and communities we serve. These organizations maximize our efforts by turning every $1 donated into $9 worth of impact for people who need assistance.

Through cause marketing campaigns, sponsoring community initiatives, sending their volunteers and through their gift-in-kind donations, our partners provide vital support that helps feed children in the U.S. and around the globe.