SNAP Benefits Growing Statewide
ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – New Yorkers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would see an increase of about $ 36 per family member starting next month.
According to Governor Kathy Hochul’s office, all New Yorkers receiving SNAP benefits will receive more money due to a federal cost adjustment. The new regular monthly amount attempts to better provide low-income individuals and families with access to healthy foods.
“Now more than ever, New Yorkers are seeing their money for food stretch thinner and thinner, forcing them to make cheaper, but much less nutritious food choices,” Hochul said in a statement. “This long overdue increase in benefits will give New York State households the purchasing power to purchase nutritious foods, which in turn will lead to healthier outcomes.”
In New York, the maximum benefit for a family of four will drop from $ 680 to $ 835. Almost 3 million homes statewide were in SNAP in July.
The Hochul office says the benefit increase brings in more than $ 1.4 billion in federal funding to the state. According to federal estimates, every dollar spent on SNAP benefits generates approximately $ 1.59 in economic activity.
Last year, the USDA reassessed the plan used to calculate SNAP benefits, resulting in the first cost adjustment in over 45 years. The new plan also changed the way eligibility is determined and the level of benefits received. The change aims to reflect the changing dynamics of food sales and buyer priorities over five decades.
The USDA assessed current food prices, typical American diets, and nutritional value. The agency found that the cost of healthy, convenient and affordable eating habits is 21% higher than the SNAP benefits offered. The Hochul office points out that studies consistently show that food benefit levels are too low to ensure healthy and realistic diets, even with households adding funds to the pot.
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