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Governor Whitmer on Historic Increase of SNAP Dollars to Feed More Families, Kids


August 16, 2021 



Governor Whitmer on Historic Increase of SNAP Dollars to Feed More Families, Kids 

Governor celebrates permanent boost of food benefits that will help Michigan families put food on the table 


LANSING, Mich.-Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement applauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to modernize the Thrifty Food Plan.  


"Today, the Biden Administration is taking a significant step towards ending hunger across the United States. Increasing food assistance will help cash and time-strapped families stay healthy and feed their kids. I proudly advocated for this long overdue increase in food benefits and I am grateful for the efforts of the President, USDA, and especially Congressional leaders like Senator Stabenow whose longtime advocacy was instrumental in getting this done. The additional $539 million in yearly SNAP benefits coming to Michigan will uplift hundreds of thousands of families, communities, and small businesses as we continue our economic jumpstart."    


According to USDA, almost 90% of current recipients report running out of benefits by the end of the month. Starting October 1st, average monthly benefits under the SNAP program for 42 million Americans will increase by 27%, up to $157 per person, a move that will fight hunger and improve health.