New York State Announces More Than $100 Million In Additional Food Assistance for October

More than $700 Million in Emergency SNAP Benefits Distributed Since April
Food Assistance Brings an Average Additional Benefit of $145 per Household Each Month

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced more than $100 million in additional emergency food assistance to help New Yorkers avoid food insecurity during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. About 700,000 low-income individuals and families enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive additional food benefits this month to bring them up to the maximum allowable amount for October.

“These added food benefits are helping individuals and families avoid food insecurity at a time when so many are contending with unemployment and household budgets that have been stretched to the breaking point,” said OTDA Commissioner Mike Hein. “We will continue to look for ways to maximize federal dollars in order to reduce food insecurity and bring assistance to those in need.”

Administered by OTDA, the emergency assistance is issued to any SNAP household that does not ordinarily receive the maximum allowable benefit per month, which varies by household size, and is $204 for an individual and $680 for a family of four. These benefits will be distributed later this month, after the regular SNAP issuance. About half of all households receiving SNAP will receive additional benefits for October.

This will mark the eighth consecutive month all SNAP recipients in New York State have received the maximum benefit. Under the direction of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo last spring, OTDA submitted a plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide emergency supplemental payments to any SNAP household getting less than the maximum monthly benefit.

Since that time, approximately $700 million in additional benefits have been distributed, bringing much needed federal dollars to local retailers throughout the state. The supplement has brought an average additional food benefit of about $145 per household each month.