Governor Cuomo announced that all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients will receive next month’s benefits no later than March 7 – approximately one week earlier than scheduled.
The early release is intended to ease the burden on recipients that have been forced to stretch February’s benefits for more than six weeks because of the recent federal government shutdown.
About 2.7 million individuals and 1.5 million households rely on SNAP benefits to make ends meet.
In December alone, New York State issued more than $374 million to help New Yorkers avoid food insecurity.
In addition to issuing SNAP benefits early, the Governor has extended the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Drive, which was set to conclude this week.
That will now run through the end of March to help state agencies collect additional food during a critical time for local banks and pantries.