ALBANY – New York State will be providing additional emergency food assistance to residents who are experience economic hardship throughout the state.
The state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance has allocated over $100 million for the program.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is traditionally scaled based on household income. The added funding supports 700,000 low-income individuals and families who qualify for smaller benefits by distributing the maximum benefit amount instead.
As of October, the state estimates that nearly 2.8 million New Yorkers rely on SNAP, which represents a little over 14 percent of the total population, and an eight percent increase over October 2019.
About half of all households receiving SNAP will receive additional benefits for December, amounting to about $145 per household.
Since April, the state has spend over $900 million to distribute added emergency benefits.
People can pay for groceries at authorized vendors using SNAP accounts, and unused funds are carried over to the next month.
The funds not only support food insecure families, but also helps keep retailers afloat.