Although a pandemic bump to food stamp benefits has passed, beneficiaries will notice increased benefits due to Congress’ decision in 2018 to examine how benefits are calculated.

According to CNN, benefits will climb by 27% above pre-pandemic levels in October, the highest increase in history.

The extra help will be accessible to all 42 million Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients indefinitely.

The rise comes as a 15% increase in SNAP payments was imposed as a COVID-19 pandemic preparedness measure, which expired on Sept. 30, according to Fox5Atlanta.

The increase follows the revision of the Thrifty Food Plan by the Department of Agriculture, which determines how much a person receives under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

On average, beneficiaries will receive a $36 boost per month. The average monthly benefit will be $169 after cost-of-living increases, Washington Times reported.

Advocates for the poor told CNN that the Thrifty Family Program was based on obsolete assumptions about the cost of food and what is currently accessible.

According to CNN, the Republican-led Congress ordered the USDA to reevaluate the program by fiscal 2022 as part of the 2018 Farm Bill. Then every five years after that.

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