Minimum $95 Extra Snap Benefits: Which States Eligible?
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for people in need will be extended in New York until at least November 2022.
The change is being made to help SNAP recipients deal with the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the cost of living crisis.
New York Governor
announced the move and said emergency assistance will continue until February 2023.
For the period from October 2022 to February 2023, all SNAP households in New York will get the most food benefits they can get.
Households that are already close to or at the maximum benefit level, which for a family of four is $939, will get an extra payment of at least $95.
Hochul said in a statement, "These emergency supplemental benefits have been a vital aspect of our work to eliminate food insecurity."
SNAP, which used to be called "food stamps," is a federal programme that helps low-income families buy food.
Even though the programme comes from the central government in Washington, DC, it is run at the state level.
New York isn't the only state that has given people who need it more time to use their SNAP benefits.
The same is true for the District of Columbia, Kansas, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The money can be used to buy fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, breads, cereals, seeds, and plants to grow food.