Hochul announces federal funding for SNAP benefits
Nick Reisman reports for New York State of Politics that Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on April 21 that New Yorkers will be able to qualify for the maximum level of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits after the state received $232 million in federal funding. "The heart-wrenching prospect of food insecurity is one that no New Yorker should ever have to face," Governor Hochul said. "By providing the maximum level of food benefits to those in need, we can help struggling households make ends meet and keep food on the table as we continue our economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis." The program was previously known as food stamps. Now, an additional minimum payment of $95 will go to households at or near the maximum level for benefits, $835 for a household of four people. "These supplemental benefits have played a tremendous role in helping New Yorkers avoid the food insecurity exacerbated by the global pandemic," said Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Daniel Tietz. "In addition to assisting households in need, this funding is providing a welcome boost for local retailers and giving strength to our state's economy as a whole." Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.