On Monday, August 16, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan, which is used to calculate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. As a result of this re-evaluation, the average SNAP benefit–excluding additional funds provided as part of COVID-19 pandemic relief–will increase beginning on October 1, 2021.
Hot or prepared foods now approved for SNAP, P-EBT until September 28, 2021, with USDA waiver for Hurricane Ida
Louisiana-based EBT merchants have now been authorized to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for hot or prepared foods in the wake of Hurricane Ida. The waiver issued by the USDA for “hot food products prepared for immediate consumption” will apply to Louisiana retailers that currently accept EBT cards.
› Restaurant purchases are prohibited.
› The waiver lasts through September 28, 2021.
Additionally, SNAP recipients in 18 Louisiana parishes who experienced widespread power outages will receive 55% of their regular monthly allotment as replacements on September 11, 2021, when their cards will be automatically loaded.
For more information regarding the USDA waiver for hot foods or other disaster SNAP (DSNAP) assistance, please visit: