SNAP benefits to increase 25% above pre pandemic levels

Written by: Lauren Hecht
Date Posted: September 10, 2021

Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved permanent increases to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Advocates across the country praised the decision and acknowledged the impact it will have for all families who are facing unprecedented levels of hunger. 

Beginning next month, SNAP benefits will increase to an average monthly per-person benefit of $157 nationally, up from $121. This change represents a 25% increase above pre-pandemic levels. Colorado’s SNAP benefits will increase from $855 million to $1,088 million annually. This $233 million difference will add approximately $43 to every Colorado SNAP household’s monthly benefit.

Credit: Ted S. Warren, AP

In Colorado, over 255,000 households participated in SNAP in 2020, roughly 38% of those SNAP households included families with children under 18. SNAP is Colorado’s most effective anti-hunger program, and the Children’s Campaign and our partners celebrate this change while seeking further improvements to the health and stability of our state’s families and children in the face of hunger.  

To learn more about SNAP eligibility in Colorado, check out Hunger Free Colorado resources, use the Food Finder, or call the Food Resource Hotline at 855-855-4626.  Learn how to become engaged with their SNAP Outreach program in the Metro area or statewide here. 

Lauren Hecht

About Lauren Hecht

Lauren Hecht is the Communications and Advocacy Fellow for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. She is responsible for providing strategic support through digital and print communications, community outreach, and engagement. She previously assisted the border security and migration programs of the Washington Office on Latin America, the office of U.S. Senator Mark Warner, and the Annual and Mutual Aid funds of her college. Lauren graduated from Colorado College with a degree in Political Science and minors in Latin American Studies and Art Studio.