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Top Local News For Columbia Greene Counties

Top Local News For Columbia Greene Counties

 

State announces boost in nutrition assistance

ALBANY – New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will see a 15 percent boost when their regular monthly food benefits are issued, as part of an increase that will continue through June.

Also, those households not already receiving the maximum allowable benefits will receive a supplemental allotment later this month to bring them to this level for February, the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced. 

Federal legislation adopted in December provides for this increase to continue each month through June.

In January, SNAP recipients received the additional 15 percent as a separate issuance, as federal legislation authorizing the increase was not approved in time to include the additional amount as part of the regular SNAP benefits.

About half of the households receiving SNAP in New York will receive the emergency benefits for February. Those added food benefits are distributed to those SNAP households that do not ordinarily receive the maximum allowable benefit per month, which is now $234 for an individual and $782 for a family of four.

The emergency assistance supplement will be distributed during the second week of February and continue through the end of the month.


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