Extra Food Stamp Benefits Will Stop In New York State Tomorrow
SNAP recipients in New York State will not receive extra benefits after tomorrow. New Yorkers who get Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have been receiving extra money due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that is ending. The emergency allotments, which have been distributed to New Yorkers since April 2021, are ending after almost two years.
According to Hunger Solutions New York,
The omnibus bill passed by Congress in December 2022 requires that all states end SNAP EA distributions in February 2023. As a result, all SNAP recipients in NYS will receive their regular SNAP benefit amount in March 2023, without the added allotment.
New York SNAP recipients will see a decrease of at least $95 per month due to the end of the EA benefits. Many families will see an even bigger loss.
As of December 2022, there were 2,887,608 SNAP recipients in New York State.
Currently, in NY, people on SNAP can buy:
Breads and cereals
Fruits and vegetables
Meats, fish and poultry
Seeds and plants (to grow food)
One way families in New York who receive SNAP can extend their allotment without the emergency benefits is by participating in the 'Double Up' program,
When you use your SNAP benefits, Double Up matches your fruit and vegetable purchases dollar for dollar (up to $20 a day). That means you and your family get twice the fresh fruits and veggies. Since 2014, thousands of New York families have used Double Up Food Bucks to buy more than 4.9 million pounds of healthy food.