A supermarket in Plainview, New York, 2020. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Starting in October, many New Mexicans will have more money to spend on food.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will increase monthly benefits to more than 539,000 people in N.M. that qualify for the nutrition subsidy on Oct. 1.
Individuals, on average, will see at least $36 more in their SNAP accounts. Families of four will see more than $800 a month overall, according to the New Mexico Human Services Department.
“I cannot express my gratitude more at this time,” Rebecca Shaw said about the SNAP support she receives. “It came in exactly when I needed it. I am hoping that I will recover and be able to work again and provide help to others, as I have been helped at this time.”
Anyone with questions about their food support can call 1-800-283-4465.
New Mexico’s benefit increase is the result of a federal adjustment to SNAP that bases assistance on the real cost of a nutritionally adequate diet. It’s the largest boost to the overall program in its history, according to the nonpartisan Center for American Progress.
The state provided the chart below to show the changes in SNAP allocation for people who received the support since the beginning of the year.
|Household Size||Current Maximum SNAP Benefit
January 1 – Sept 30, 2021
|NEW Maximum Benefit
October 1, 2021 – Sept 30, 2022
|Each Additional Person||+$176||+$188|
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