New Yorkers who are still struggling with the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, plus those who have been hit hard by skyrocketing inflation may have a little boost on the way from state government.

New York Governor Hochul and officials from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced recently that millions in additional SNAP benefits are on the way to eligible individuals and families throughout the Empire State.

No New Yorker should face the prospect of not being able to provide adequate food to feed their household... These added benefits help to alleviate this aching concern for hundreds of thousands of individuals and families still struggling to make ends meet amid the ongoing economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
-Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York State

Nearly $234 million in federal assistance from Congress is being used to bolster the New York food stamp program. Starting in August, families who qualify for food stamps should see a marked increase in their monthly benefits.

All recipients will now be receiving the maximum amount of food stamps based on their household size. Those individuals and families who were already receiving the maximum will also get a boost. The maximum award for a family of four (4) in New York is $835 per month in food stamps, those who are getting the max amount will see an additional Supplemental Emergency Allotment payment of at least $95 per month.

Those funds should start arriving in the EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) Account any day.

This should come as a welcome boost for many who have been squeezed by the economy over the last few months.

These additional benefits are expected to continue until at least November. It may go longer if officials decide to extend the program again.

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