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SNAP program benefits increase in October after federal review


Radio Iowa: Thousands of Iowans who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will see a boost in those benefits this month. “It will vary according to the benefits that a family or an individual receives, but an approximately 25 to 27% increase is what recipients can expect,” said Janee Harvey, the Department of Human Services administrator who oversees the program. She said the increase is part of a routine federal government review as the USDA evaluates the benefits every year, and this year they reevaluated the way they do the evaluation — and that led to a much bigger percentage increase than what they’ve seen in past years.

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