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Additional Food Assistance for May Announced by Governor Hochul at $234 Million!

Additional Food Assistance for May Announced by Governor Hochul at $234 Million!

Governor Kathy Hochul stated today that during the month of May, all New Yorkers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would receive the maximum amount of food assistance allowed.

This month, all SNAP participants – even those currently receiving the maximum amount of benefits – will get a supplementary allotment, bringing a total of $234 million in federal cash into the New York State economy.

“While New York is rebuilding stronger than before, far too many households are experiencing food insecurity,” Governor Hochul remarked.

“We can assist struggling families to make ends meet and keep food on the table by delivering the greatest amount of food benefits to those in need.

As we work together toward a more prosperous future for all New Yorkers, this investment will assist countless families to escape the heartbreaking prospect of food poverty.”

The emergency assistance supplement is offered to all households, even those that typically get the maximum authorized benefit each month on SNAP — a federally sponsored program supervised by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Those who are already close to or at the maximum benefit level – $835 for a family of four – will get a $95.50 additional payment. You may also use these monies to buy baby food and formula.

By May 21, SNAP families in all counties outside of New York City should have received these additional payments. By May 28, SNAP families in the five-county New York City region should have received their payments.

In April 2020, OTDA began providing emergency additional payments to SNAP families receiving less than the maximum monthly benefit level.

When New York State’s emergency declaration expired in June 2021, the agency successfully worked with the federal government to ensure that all SNAP households received the maximum amount until the federal declaration’s expiry, which is currently scheduled to be extended into July.

New Yorkers continue to rely heavily on SNAP, with more than 1.6 million families participating in the program in February, an increase of 1% over the previous month. In February, more than 2.8 million New Yorkers got benefits, the highest number since June 2021.

“No individual or family should be left wondering if they have the resources to put wholesome, nutritious food on the table each month,” said Daniel W. Tietz, Commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Additional food benefits granted during the public health crisis have played a critical role in reducing this uncertainty while also assisting local businesses and merchants in our state to recover.”

Senator Chuck Schumer recently stated, “No one in New York should ever be concerned about where their next meal will come from.

That is why, during the epidemic, I campaigned for a record boost to SNAP in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, as well as in the American Rescue Plan.

We went above and above to secure these additional government funds to assist struggling families in keeping food on the table. SNAP is a lifeline for so many New Yorkers, and I will continue to push for federal funding to guarantee that no New Yorker goes hungry or falls behind.”

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“SNAP is the most effective weapon we have to fight back against the hunger pandemic that is afflicting our country and harming families across our state,” Representative Adriano Espaillat said.

I applaud Governor Hochul for giving this additional funds to support New York’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which will enable more families to make use of the emergency services available via this program to help them remain afloat throughout our ongoing recovery.”

SNAP payments have injected roughly $1 billion into New York’s economy so far this year, contributing significantly to the state’s continued economic recovery.

According to a government study assessing the impact of SNAP on the US economy, every federal dollar invested in the program creates up to $1.54 in economic activity.

These benefits are also a lifeline for low-income New Yorkers. Last year, almost one in every seven New Yorkers (roughly 14 percent of the state’s population) relied on SNAP benefits;

more than half of recipient households were families with children, and nearly half of recipient households included an adult over the age of 55 or someone who was handicapped.

Payments will be distributed directly to beneficiaries’ current Electronic Benefit Transfer accounts, which may be accessed with their existing EBT cards, as in previous months.

Supplemental payments, like normal SNAP benefits, can be used to buy food at designated retail food outlets. Unused SNAP payments will be carried over to the next month automatically.

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