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Over $200 Million Dollars Announced in Additional Food Assistance for February


It will be the last month where New Yorkers who are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive a supplemental allotment of food benefits, including those already at the maximum allowable level.

The additional food assistance was issued monthly to those weathering the economic fallout from the COVID-19 Pandemic, the supplemental benefits will end this month after changes made by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023.

“In addition to SNAP, these monthly benefits have proven to be invaluable to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers dealing with food insecurity throughout the pandemic,” Governor Hochul said. “With these emergency supplemental benefits ending, we will continue to focus our efforts protecting New Yorkers who are struggling to feed themselves and their families by expanding eligibility and maximizing assistance through SNAP.”

SNAP households can see the additional benefits issued by Friday, February 24th. The program, which is overseen by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance will bring in an infusion of $234 million dollars in federal funding to the states economy for February.

The NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance began issuing the supplemental benefits in April of 2020 to those enrolled in SNAP receiving less than the maximum monthly benefit amount. The recently approved federal spending bill ends these temporary emergency allotments this month, meaning SNAP recipients will receive their regular monthly benefit beginning in March and moving forward. New York State received roughly $6.5 billion in additional federal food assistance between April 2020 and December 2022.

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