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Food insecurity a major concern for families as COVID-era SNAP benefits expire

Food security is an issue that New York has tried to take on over the last 18 months.

However, the coronavirus pandemic has made that difficult. While there has been ample focus on the eviction moratorium that’s coming to a close later this month- a number of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are coming to a close later this month.

These are the ones that were implemented as part of the response to the pandemic itself.

Additional payments of at least $95 per month, which have gone out to over 1.6 million New Yorkers will end at the end of the month.

That’s if Congress doesn’t act to extend the benefits.

Regular benefits can range from $204 a month for an individual with an annual gross income of less than $16,596 to $680 a month for a family of four with an income less than $34,068, according to reporting by Gannett.

Rising food costs has been an added challenge, as benefits have increased over the duration of the pandemic.

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