“These temporary supplemental food benefits have helped hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers avoid food insecurity at a time when so many are struggling with stretched family budgets,” Governor Hochul said. “This assistance has helped New York State recover from the pandemic by helping families and individuals bring healthy, nutritious foods to the table, bringing much-needed relief to New Yorkers.”
The Emergency Assistance Supplement will be provided to all households receiving SNAP benefits, a federally funded program overseen by the New York State Office for Temporary and Disability Assistance. All households, including those already receiving the maximum benefit for household size and households that would have previously received a monthly supplement of less than $95, will receive a supplement of at least $95.
The OTDA began paying the Supplemental Emergency Benefits in April 2020 to SNAP households receiving less than the maximum monthly benefit amount. When New York State’s declaration of emergency expired in June 2021, the agency continued to work with the federal government to secure the maximum allocation for all SNAP households through February.
The OTDA began paying the Supplemental Emergency Benefits in April 2020 to SNAP households receiving less than the maximum monthly benefit amount. When New York State’s emergency declaration expired in June 2021, the agency successfully worked with the federal government to secure the maximum allocation for all SNAP households until the declaration expired. Federal Public Health Emergency Response, which has been extended through January and will allow OTDA to continue providing these benefits through February.
The recently approved federal spending bill ends these temporary emergency allowances, after the February supplemental payments are issued. Starting in March, SNAP recipients will only receive their regular monthly benefit going forward. For more information, visit otda.ny.gov/EA-SNAP.
New Yorkers continue to rely heavily on SNAP, with more than 1.6 million households, including more than 2.8 million New Yorkers, statewide enrolled in the program as of November. While statewide SNAP recipients were flat from October, they were up 2.1% from November 2021, underscoring continued demand for these essential benefits.
Daniel W. Tietz, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary Help and Disabilities, said, “SNAP is an effective tool in addressing food insecurity and these monthly supplements have had an impact considerable impact on New Yorkers in need throughout the pandemic and its immediate aftermath. The benefits of SNAP have been invaluable in enabling individuals and families to better cope with rising food prices and access the food they need. »
Rep. Adriano Espaillat said, Governor Hochul’s announcement today of additional food assistance for households participating in SNAP is a victory for working families and reinforces our efforts to support those who need it most. need in our communities and across the state. relief will help 2.8 million New Yorkers make ends meet and get the support they need and deserve.”
Representative Joe Morelle said: “We have a duty to ensure that families are able to support their children and put food on their tables. I appreciate Governor Hochul’s efforts to break the cycle of poverty by extending emergency supplemental SNAP benefits to New Yorkers. I look forward to continuing to work together to increase access to healthy meal options and strengthen the future of our community. »
As with previous months, payments will be made directly to recipients’ existing Electronic Benefit Transfer accounts and can be viewed with their existing EBT cards. Like regular SNAP benefits, additional benefits can be used to purchase food from authorized retail food stores. Any unused SNAP benefits will automatically roll over to the next month.
Find more information about emergency SNAP supplementary benefits, including answers to frequently asked questions, here. New Yorkers interested in enrolling can check their SNAP eligibility, as well as apply online, by visiting mybenefits.ny.gov.