Federal diet subsidies do not cowl the typical meal price in additional than 4 in 10 U.S. counties, even after Congress elevated advantages, a brand new examine discovered.
Earlier than the non permanent 15% enhance to the utmost Supplemental Diet Assistant Program profit, the utmost subsidy didn’t cowl the price of a low-income meal in 96% of U.S. counties, in response to analysis from the City Institute, funded by the Robert Wooden Johnson Basis. Whereas the non permanent enhance—set to run out on Sept. 30—has decreased charges of meals insecurity, it nonetheless does not cowl the typical meal of $2.41 in 40.5% of U.S. counties.
“Our findings present the utmost SNAP profit nonetheless leaves a niche in masking the price of meals for a lot of households with low-incomes,” Elaine Waxman, senior fellow on the City Institute, mentioned in ready remarks. “About 4 in 10 households receiving SNAP have zero