Hochul signs bill to help restaurants and feed New Yorkers
Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics New York Governor Kathy Hochul October 4, signed legislation that expands Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP benefits, to participating restaurants. The measure creates a statewide Restaurants Meals Program, and it has been combined with the launch of a $25 million program designed to help struggling restaurants. The fund would build on the Nourish New York program, and provide funding to the state's food banks and emergency food providers to purchase prepared meals from restaurants and deliver them to people in need. "It's unconscionable that in a state as prosperous as New York, many residents still struggle to get enough food to feed their families," Hochul said. "...This pandemic continues to impact the wallets and homes of a vast number of New Yorkers, and we're taking any and all actions to help them support themselves and their loved ones." Expanding SNAP to include participating restaurants must be approved first by the U.S. Department of Agriculture before the new law can take full effect. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.