Kansas families to get 15% increase in food assistance for six months

    The Kansas Department for Children and Families is increasing food assistance payments through a federal relief package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

    TOPEKA — The Kansas Department for Children and Families said Thursday it was boosting monthly payments for food assistance by 15% for the next six months.

    The additional funding is made possible through a federal relief package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “These added funds are imperative to ensure Kansas families have access to food in these uncertain times,” said DCF secretary Laura Howard.

    The 15% boost in benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will be applied from Jan. 21 through the end of June. Benefits are based on household size, income and deductions.

    For a family of four, the temporary boost raises the maximum benefit from $680 to $782.