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SNAP Benefits – New York Lawmakers Advocate for Increased Financial Support to Low-Income Households

Lawmakers Advocate for Increased SNAP Benefits in Albany Shopping Trip

New York Lawmakers Advocate for Increased SNAP Benefits to Alleviate Food Insecurity

In Albany New York, two state lawmakers, Senator Rachel May and Assembly Member Jessica González-Rojas, embarked on a shopping trip to shed light on the struggle many face with the current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. With just $23 to spend they found it challenging to afford even basic breakfast items, revealing the insufficiency of the current minimum benefit. They argue for an increase to $100 per month to better support vulnerable population especially elderly individuals on fixed incomes.

During their shopping excursion, May and González Rojas showcased the stark difference between what $23 and $100 can provide, stressing how additional funds could significantly impact families’ nutritional options and alleviate stress. Advocates, including Ryan Healy from Feeding New York State, emphasized the potential for enhanced access to fresh fruits and vegetables which could improve the overall nutrition of SNAP beneficiaries.

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SNAP Benefits – New York Lawmakers Advocate for Increased Financial Support to Low-Income Households (PHOTO: The New York Times)

Bipartisan Support Grows for Boosting SNAP Benefits Amid New York’s Affordability Crisis

The push for increased SNAP benefits is part of a broader effort to tackle food insecurity and the affordability crisis in New York. With bipartisan support in the legislature the Senate’s budget proposal suggests raising the minimum benefit to $50 seen as a step towards May and González-Rojas $100 target. This initiative underscores the growing concern over rising living costs and the necessity of ensuring that no New Yorker has to face the difficult choice between food and other essential expenses.

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