With Federal Money, the Maximum Snap Benefit Will Be Maintained!

After the state received $232 million in federal cash, New Yorkers who get Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will be able to qualify for the full amount of benefits this month, according to Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Outside of New York City, households receiving assistance from the SNAP program will see the increased benefits posted by Friday. Benefits will be distributed to households in New York City by next Friday, April 29.

The extra funds were motivated by the financial hardship and disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak over the previous two years.

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“No New Yorker should ever have to confront the heartbreaking prospect of food insecurity,” Governor Hochul said.

“We can help struggling households make ends meet and keep food on the table as we continue our economic recovery from the COVID-19 catastrophe by offering the highest level of food aid to those in need.”

Beginning in April 2020, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance began issuing emergency extra benefits to SNAP households who do not obtain the maximum monthly amount.

State officials were able to acquire the maximum allotment for SNAP households until the federal disaster declaration expired when the state’s emergency declaration expired in June 2021.

Households receiving benefits at or near the maximum level, $835 for a family of four, will get an additional minimum payment of $95, according to the governor’s office. $696 million in additional benefits has been distributed since January.

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“These extra benefits have played a critical role in assisting New Yorkers in avoiding the food poverty that the global pandemic has intensified,” stated agency Commissioner Daniel Tietz.

“In addition to supporting low-income families, this financing is providing a welcome boost to local shops and bolstering the overall economy of our state.”