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Should all SNAP recipients get a minimum of $100? Some lawmaker say so

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In response to the recent expiration of COVID-19 emergency food aid, New York State Senator Rachel May, representing the Syracuse area, has introduced legislation aimed at setting a minimum monthly benefit of $100 for households under the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

This proposal, which was reported by The Citizen, marks a significant increase from the current minimum of $23, addressing concerns over food insecurity following the end of federal emergency assistance.

Senator May’s initiative is particularly crucial for Central New York, including all of Cayuga and most of Onondaga counties, which has one of the highest rates of SNAP participation nationwide.

Senator May and her colleagues are also appealing to Governor Kathy Hochul to consider this increase in SNAP benefits, especially in light of the average loss of $151 per month in household aid following the cessation of federal assistance earlier this year.