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.
SNAP Benefits Increased in Louisiana
Louisiana announced an increase in SNAP benefits beginning October 1st, 2022 in response to increased cost of living. This is the second more recent increase, the first of which was on October 1st, 2021 and was the first reevaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) in 45 years.
The cost of food has increased 11.4% from August 2021 to August 2022 and is expected to increase by 9-10% for all foods across 2022, according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The rising costs across the United States is making it increasingly difficult for people to afford day-to-day necessities, like food. The increased SNAP benefits in Louisiana will be extremely helpful for those who live in Louisiana and have experienced impacts to their budget due to the rising cost of food.
SNAP recipients who are not already at their maximum allotment will receive...
- a supplement to bring them to the max
- a boost to $95, if their max amount is currently less than $95
SNAP recipients who are already at their maximum allotment will receive...
The New Household Maximums are...
|Household Size||Previous Allotment (October 1st, 2021)||New Allotment (October 1st, 2022)|
|Each Additional Member||+$188||+$211|
SNAP recipients should see this allotments loaded on their EBT cards by Sunday, October 9th, 2022.