FACT SHEET: Increase SNAP Minimum Benefit for Seniors
Monday, January 30th, 2023
Senate Item 341 #1s & House Item 346 #2h | NGF $1.1M; GF $20.4
Increase the minimum amount of SNAP benefits available to eligible individuals 60+ years of age from $23 to $48/month. This will help to offset the impact of the end of pandemic-related SNAP allotments and the impact of escalating food prices for Virginia’s most vulnerable residents.
- Since March 2020, individuals receiving SNAP have received an “emergency allotment” – meaning they received the maximum SNAP allowance. This greatly increased the benefits received by many seniors, especially those only eligible for about the minimum of $23/month.
- Emergency allotments will end as of March 2023. Many seniors will see a drastic drop in their access to food.
- In 2022, food prices at home increased by 11.8%.i Many seniors live on fixed incomes and are unable to keep up with these costs in addition to other increases, such as housing expenses.
- Every dollar in SNAP spent can increase GDP by $1.54.ii
Members of the Senate Health & Human Resources Subcommittee, part of the Senate Finance & Appropriations Committee:
Senator Howell email@example.com
Senator Hanger firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Vogel email@example.com
Senator Barker firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Deeds email@example.com
Senator Ebbin firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator McClellan email@example.com
Members of the House Health & Human Resources Subcommittee, part of the House Appropriations Committee:
Delegate Fariss DelMFariss@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Brewer DelEBrewer@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Hodges DelKHodges@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Coyner DelCCoyner@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Wampler DelWWampler@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Sickles DelMSickles@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Carr DelBCarr@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Rasoul DelSRasoul@house.virginia.gov
Delegate Knight DelBKnight@house.virginia.gov