As part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, (SNAP) the largest federal nutrition assistance program, eligible New Yorkers will receive a $95 emergency assistance supplement this month. SNAP provides benefits to low-income individuals and families via an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT).
SNAP Payments for February of 2022
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It was declared by New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Feb. 10 that all New Yorkers who are registered in SNAP will receive the maximum authorized amount of food assistance for February.
This month, an additional $230 million in federal funds will flow into the state’s economy, benefiting all SNAP-eligible households, even those receiving the maximum benefits.
Households receiving the maximum monthly SNAP payment are eligible for the emergency assistance supplement. The maximum benefit level for a four-person household is $835, and those who are currently close to or at that level will receive a $95, according to Hochul.
Many New Yorkers are still dependent on SNAP, which Hochul described in his announcement as “a lifeline.” “The epidemic continues to worsen food poverty throughout New York State,” Hochul said. To assist New Yorkers put food on the table, these essential food benefits are providing much-needed relief while we continue to take active steps in our battle against COVID-19.”
According to the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s (OTDA) website, which oversees SNAP, households can use SNAP benefits to purchase food for the household to eat, such as bread and cereals, fruits and vegetables, meats, fish and poultry, dairy products, and seeds and plants that produce food for the household to eat.
Commissioner Daniel W. Tietz said in a statement, “No New Yorker should be left worrying if they have the wherewithal to feed their families. As a result, “hundreds of thousands of households across our state have avoided food poverty because of these extra benefits.”