New York State residents who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will see an increase in their monthly benefits. Governor Kathy Hochul announced that a federal cost adjustment is behind the increase. The average increase in benefits for families and individuals who get benefits will be around $36 per person.

Gov. Hochul spoke about the need for the rise in benefits to offset the increase in food costs,

"Now more than ever, New Yorkers are seeing their money for food stretched thinner and thinner, which in turn forces them into making food choices that are cheaper, but far less nutritious. This long-overdue increase in benefits will give households across New York State the purchasing power to buy nutritious foods, which in turn will ultimately result in healthier outcomes."

A family of four will receive an increase of $155, from $680 to $835. The increase will bring approximately $1.4 billion in additional federal monies to New York in the federal fiscal year 2022.

Roughly 2.8 million people throughout New York State were enrolled in SNAP as of July. SNAP benefits also help to stimulate the local and state economy, according to federal estimates, with every dollar of SNAP benefits spent resulting in roughly $1.59 in economic activity. ~ Governor's website

If you do not currently receive SNAP benefits, but would like to, you can contact the New York Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, which oversees the program in the state.

In order to be eligible for SNAP, you and your family must meet the following income criteria:

1 person $1,383 (Monthly Gross Income) / $16,596 (Annual Gross Income)
2 people $1,868 (Monthly Gross Income) / $22,416 (Annual Gross Income)
3 people $2,353 (Monthly Gross Income) / $28,236 (Annual Gross Income)
4 people $2,839 (Monthly Gross Income) / $34,068 (Annual Gross Income)
5 people $3,324 (Monthly Gross Income) / $39,888 (Annual Gross Income)

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