ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – New York announced Tuesday that every person enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive the maximum level of food benefits for January. That is an additional $230 million inserted into the program.
“The tremendous impact these food benefits have had for New York households cannot be overstated. The additional benefits SNAP households have received since the onset of the pandemic have helped millions of New Yorkers to avoid food insecurity and make ends meet during the ongoing public health emergency,” said Daniel W. Tietz, acting commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
The maximum benefit level in New York State is $835 for a family of four. Families who already receive that amount will get a stipend added to their account of $95.
The benefits will go into effect for all counties outside of New York City between Jan. 12 and Jan. 21.
Any unused benefits will carry over into the next month.
More than two million people across the state rely on SNAP benefits.