Estimated 25 million to see boost in federal food benefits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)– About 25 million Americans will be eligible for more money in food assistance under new guidelines from the Biden administration. The change announced late Thursday ensures the lowest-income households can access up to $95 in additional monthly emergency food assistance benefits approved by Congress last year. Previously, people already receiving the maximum benefit amount pre-coronavirus weren’t eligible for more. The United States Department of Agriculture also settled a lawsuit Thursday brought by two Californians who could not access extra benefits. The USDA estimates the policy change will send out roughly $1 billion more in extra monthly benefits nationwide.

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