New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Tuesday that New Yorkers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive the maximum allowance for the month of January.
The state of New York will be receiving $234 million in federal funding to provide additional funding to all households, including those already at the maximum level of benefits. All households who would have received a monthly supplement of less than $95 will receive at least $95.
SNAP is a federally-funded program overseen by the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). The program has been providing expanded benefits to some households since April 2020, when the pandemic started. Although the state of emergency in New York ended in June 2021, the OTDA has continued to secure expanded SNAP benefits through February 2023, however, the expanded benefits will be ending in March, representatives said.
As of November, there are over 1.6 million New York households enrolled in the program. The additional SNAP benefits have been invaluable in ensuring individuals and families could better cope with rising food costs and access the food they need,” said NY OTDA Commissioner Daniel W. Tietz.
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