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Food stamps benefits will increase hundreds for families amid SNAP hike

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits are increasing next month. The program known as ‘food stamps’ will see a major boost thanks to federal funds aimed at addressing household hunger during the pandemic. Officials say it will mean approximately $36 more per person in low-income households.

There are 2.8 million households in New York eligible for the increase. The benefits increase comes at the hands of a federal adjustment taking place on October 1.

“Now more than ever, New Yorkers are seeing their money for food stretched thinner and thinner, which in turn forces them into making food choices that are cheaper, but far less nutritious,” Hochul said. “This long-overdue increase in benefits will give households across New York State the purchasing power to buy nutritious foods, which in turn will ultimately result in healthier outcomes.”

It means a family of four will see monthly SNAP benefits increase from $680 to $835.

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