Gov. Kathy Hochul stated on Friday that all New Yorkers who are registered in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would get an additional allocation of food benefits for February.
Additionally, individuals who are already getting the maximum possible level will be included in this allotment.
The state was bound by new federal legislation passed at the end of 2022 to stop providing monthly extra benefits to help New Yorkers deal with the economic effects of the COVID-19 epidemic no longer than February.
Many New Yorkers experiencing food poverty throughout the epidemic have found such monthly benefits, in combination with SNAP, to be of immeasurable value, Hochul added. “With the discontinuation of such emergency additional benefits, we must keep focusing our efforts on safeguarding New Yorkers who are unable to provide for their households by boosting SNAP benefits and qualifying.”
Every family getting SNAP, a federally funded program run by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, would receive the emergency aid bonus (OTDA). A $234 million federal funding boost as a result of the action will benefit New York’s budget this month.
As per Hochul, every family will earn a boost of at least $95.
Though SNAP families in New York City would receive their benefits by February 28, families in all other counties should receive them by February 24.