Governor Hochul announces $234 million in additional food aid for September

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced today that all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for September. All households participating in SNAP — including those already on the maximum level of benefits — will receive an additional allowance this month, which will inject approximately $234 million in federal funding into the economy. New York State.

“Too many hard-working New Yorkers continue to feel the effects of the pandemic, struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table,” Governor Hochul said. “My administration will continue to take action to support our most vulnerable communities, and the $234 million in SNAP benefits announced today will provide the funding needed to ensure that hundreds of thousands of New York households avoid food insecurity. .”

The Emergency Assistance Supplement will be provided to all households, including those who usually receive the maximum benefit allowed per month, receiving SNAP, a federally funded program overseen by the New York State Office for temporary assistance and disabled people. Households already near or at the maximum benefit level — $835 for a four-person household — will receive an additional payment of at least $95.

SNAP households in all counties outside of New York should see these additional benefits appear between now and Monday, September 26. SNAP households in the New York Five Counties area are expected to see their benefits posted between Friday, September 16 and Thursday. , September 29.

The OTDA began paying the Supplemental Emergency Benefits in April 2020 to SNAP households receiving less than the maximum monthly benefit amount. When New York State’s emergency declaration expired in June 2021, the agency successfully worked with the federal government to secure the maximum allocation for all SNAP households until the declaration expired. Federal Public Health Emergency Response, which has been extended through October and will allow OTDA to continue providing these benefits through November.

New Yorkers continued to rely heavily on SNAP this summer, with more than 1.6 million households, including more than 2.8 million New Yorkers, statewide enrolled in the program as of July. While statewide SNAP recipients remained relatively flat from June, they were up 3% from July 2021, underscoring continued demand for these critical benefits.

Daniel W. Tietz, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary Help and Disability Assistance, said: “These additional payments have increased the purchasing power of SNAP recipients at a time when struggling families are facing higher grocery prices. This assistance is helping to spur New York’s continued recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 by helping New Yorkers put healthy food on the table.”

Senator Charles E. Schumer said: “No New Yorker should ever have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. That’s why I fought for a historic SNAP increase during the pandemic through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, and again in the US bailout. We’ve doubled down to provide this additional increase in federal funding to help struggling families keep food on the table. SNAP is a lifeline for so many New Yorkers and I will always fight for provide the federal resources necessary to ensure that no New Yorker goes hungry or is left behind.”

Representative Adriano Espaillat said: “Governor Hochul’s announcement today of additional food assistance for households participating in SNAP is a victory for working families and reinforces our efforts to support those most in need in our communities and across the country. “Providing this much-needed assistance to the 1.6 million registered households will help ensure families are able to make ends meet and get the support they need and deserve.”

SNAP is playing an important role in New York’s ongoing economic recovery and has injected more than $1.6 billion into the state’s economy since January. Every federal dollar invested by SNAP generates up to $1.54 in economic activity, according to a federal study quantify the impact of SNAP on the US economy.

These additional benefits are also a critical lifeline for New Yorkers in need, as about 14% of the state’s population relied on SNAP benefits last year, according to a recent study. More than half of the beneficiary households were families with children and about 48% included an adult over 55 or a disabled person.

As with previous months, payments will be made directly to recipients’ existing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) accounts and can be viewed with their existing EBT cards. Like regular SNAP benefits, additional benefits can be used to purchase food from authorized retail food stores. Any unused SNAP benefits will automatically roll over to the next month.

Find more information about Emergency SNAP Supplemental Benefits, including answers to frequently asked questions, here. New Yorkers interested in enrolling can check their SNAP eligibility, as well as apply online, by visit mybenefits.ny.gov.

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