New York to Distribute Millions More in Food Assistance


All New York households that are enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive a supplemental allotment of at least $95 in October. This will apply to all households even if they do not receive the maximum monthly benefit.

The additional funds will come from $230 million allocated from the federal government. Many New York households struggled with loss of income and food insecurity during the pandemic; as of August, there were nearly 3 million SNAP receipts in the state.

“During this unprecedented time as we continue to battle a public health crisis, we need to make sure every New Yorker does not have to experience hunger and food insecurity,” Governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement. “By supporting food benefits during this difficult time, we are helping to ensure that everyone in this state gets a much-needed helping hand so they can make ends meet, support themselves and their families, and be successful.”

SNAP households in New York state will see the additional benefits start this week and extend through October 21. For SNAP members in New York City, benefits will start on October 18 and continue through the end of the month. Any unused SNAP benefits will be automatically carried over to November.