Kansas announces permanent increase in food aid benefits

Temporary increase during the pandemic until September 30

Kansas DCF

TOPEKA – Kansas Department of Children and Families Secretary Laura Howard today announced that Kansas residents who receive food assistance will receive a permanent increase in the maximum benefit amount starting on the 1st. October.

“Access to healthy food is a key part of a family’s well-being,” Howard said. “This permanent increase helps us fight against food insecurity, especially among children, which has a positive impact on the overall health of our community”

The change comes due to the 2018 Farm Bill which ordered the USDA to reassess the Thrifty Food plan which is used to calculate the benefits of food aid. With this year’s adjustment, the maximum allowance allowed has increased to $ 250 for a household of one. The maximum allowance amounts for households of two or more people have also increased.

Other annual adjustments were also made:

  1. Gross and net income caps have increased this year
  2. Maximum deduction for excess housing increases from $ 569 to $ 597
  3. Standard utility allowance increases from $ 364 to $ 392
  4. Limited utility allowance increases from $ 247 to $ 286
  5. The telephone standard goes from $ 35 to $ 37
  6. Standard medical deduction remains the same $ 175

Most households will see changes in their benefits for the month of October to reflect the annual adjustments.

In addition, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) temporarily increased food aid benefits by 15% from March 2021 to September 2021 due to the national emergency of public health.

The temporary 15% increase ends September 30 and will be replaced by the new amounts. Overall, food aid recipients will see a 10% increase over benefit levels before March 2021.

The graph shows the maximum benefits for October 1 as well as the gross income and net income limits for food aid:

The minimum allowance is $ 20. All food aid benefits are based on household size, household income and allowable deductions.

USDA provides buying strategies and meal planning tips to help families serve more nutritious meals at an affordable price through the following:

  1. gov (http://www.choosemyplate.gov/)
  2. Plan, Compare and Prepare (http://blogs.usda.gov/2013/03/28/healthy-eating-on-a-budget/)
  3. Team Nutrition Recipes (https://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/team-nutrition-recipes), which helps find low-cost healthy recipes and create cookbooks and shopping lists.

For more information on the food aid program, visit http://www.dcf.ks.gov/Pages/default.aspx.

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