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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

NEW YORK EXPANDS ACCESS TO SNAP


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to increase eligibility for SNAP benefits goes into effect this month. The state raised the income limit for working households from 130% of the poverty line to 150%, which will make thousands of New Yorkers eligible for nutrition assistance. For a family of three, that's the difference between $2,177 a month and $2,512 a month. The eligibility change was one of several recommended by an anti-hunger task force convened by Cuomo. The revised limit is expected to yield as much as $688.5 million in additional federally funded SNAP benefits for as many as 750,000 people. The change is not expected to trigger an additional direct cost to state government.

Source: Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, 7/7/16, NY SNAP