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New York Budget May Boost SNAP Minimum Benefits, Empower Struggling Families

Groups Call on Governor Hochul to Boost SNAP Minimum Benefits Amidst Rising Food Insecurity

Groups Advocate for Increased SNAP Minimum Benefits to Ensure Access to Nutritious Food in New York

Governor Kathy Hochul is being urged by a number of groups, including companies, health organizations and farmers to increase the SNAP minimum benefit level to $100 per month in New York. They stated as much in a letter addressed to the governor. As stated in the letter many New Yorkers received less money from SNAP last year after the extra assistance provided during the pandemic stopped. In several cases, the monthly income was as low as $23. The groups aim to ensure that everyone in New York has access to nutritious food because an increasing number of people are trying to make ends meet.

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New York Budget May Boost SNAP Minimum Benefits, Empower Struggling Families. (PHOTO: The New York Times)

Proposed SNAP Increase Falls Short of Meeting Nutritional Needs, Advocacy Groups Call for Greater Support

SNAP provides a debit-like card that recipients can use to make food purchases. If a person in New York makes no more than $1,823 per month or $21,876 annually they are eligible for SNAP benefits. But in New York, the maximum amount a person can receive from SNAP per month is currently $291. The state administration has proposed allocating $50 million to guarantee that each and every person receives at least $50 from SNAP each month. This will assist families in paying for food. To ensure that everyone can eat healthily, however, the groups are requesting much more.

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