Dramatic Permanent Increase in Food Stamp Assistance

An increase in food stamp assistance is great and even better news, the increase is permanent. At the same time wholesale inflation is at an all time high.

Posted: Oct 11, 2021 5:55 PM
Updated: Oct 11, 2021 5:56 PM

LAFAYETTE, La. - Food stamps, otherwise known as the SNAP program benefits 42.3 million people here in the United States.


"Bread, milk, eggs, some of the essentials are extremely exspensive now," said Malveaux.

The program, run by the Department of Agriculture has approved a $36 permanent increase with help from the Biden Admisitration.


"I wouldn't say its too beneficial because you have the fruit and vegetables, they're going up in price," said Proctor.

Resdients in Acadiana say the extra money is nice but it's not enough when prices down the isle are still rising.

"For a baby, if you get the cans of milk in the powder? That's almost $30 which will not last a baby so $36 won't do anything for an adult let alone a child?" said Malveaux.

"I went for some water and some paper towels, I noticed a few things like milk," said Bott.

This $36 increase in food stamp assiatnce is the largest single increase in the program's history. An 8% jump in wholesale inflation is the largest gain in history according to the labor department.

Some residents say they're noticing the price spike is geared towards healthier options.

"Making healthy stuff more expensive and non-healthy stuff lower, I feel like it's not really helping the economy," said Proctor.

At this time grocery items like rice, steak, bacon, ham, milk, strawberries, oranges, coffee and spaghetti are among foods that are costing more than ever.

Pairing in this $36 dollars and the annual cost of living adjustments, the average monthly benefit is now $169 dollars.

Now as participants get more money and prices continue to spike, items like milk, butter, soda, snacks, paper products and baking supplies are all experiencing a shortage.

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