LA DCFS: Federal cost-of-living adjustments increase SNAP benefits

Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has made adjustments to its cost-of-living calculations, which will allow more people to apply for SNAP benefits and those already receiving benefits will get an increase.

The changes went into effect October 1.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) says it is also issuing October benefits early – on Oct. 1 for all current recipients, instead of staggered on the 1st through 14th – due to continuing effects of Hurricane Laura.

Each year, USDA adjusts the SNAP monthly allotments based on certain food costs included in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index (CPI).

According to DCFS, increases in SNAP’s maximum monthly food allotments for FFY 2020-2021 vary depending on the number of people in the household. For example, the maximum allotment for a family of one is increasing from $194 to $204 per month, while a family of four will see their benefits increase by $34 per month, from $646 to $680.

The following chart shows an increase of benefits each year:

Household SizeOct. 1, 2019Oct. 1, 2020Change
1$194$204$10
2$355$374$19
3$509$535$26
4$646$680$34
5$768$807$39
6$921$969$48
7$1,018$1,071$53
8$1,164$1,224$60
Each additional person+ $146+ $153$7

What changes?

Monthly allotments and deductions are what change and according to SNAP, “the monthly standard deduction is increasing by $3 per month and the shelter cap value will increase by $17 to $586. As a result of these increases, some SNAP clients who are not currently receiving the monthly maximum or minimum allotment may see an increase in their monthly benefits beginning October 1.”

Income eligibility deductions are also changing.

The maximum homeless shelter deduction has been changed from $156.74 to max of $147.55.

The following shows gross and net monthly income limits for households:

Household SizeMaximum Gross
1$1,383
2$1,868
3$2,353
4$2,839
5$3,324
6$3,809
7$4,295
8$4,780
Each additional person+ $486

More information on increased SNAP benefits can be found here.

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