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NY Preserves $457 Million in SNAP Benefits

NY Preserves $457 Million in SNAP Benefits

February 26, 2014

ALBANY, NY (WENY) -- Governor Cuomo announced plans to make sure the more than $450 million dollars cut from the SNAP Program will be available for New York residents.      Millions of dollars were cut from SNAP by the recently enacted Federal Farm Bill. The bill was slated to cut SNAP benefits an average of $127 per month for affected households in New York, including those that live in government subsidized housing or in certain congregate care settings. 
     “New York State is stepping up to help families in need who are losing vital food assistance because of Washington cuts to the SNAP program," Governor Cuomo said. “These federal cuts have made it harder for our state's most vulnerable residents to put food on the table. The State has intervened on behalf of these low-income New Yorkers to make sure they can get food for themselves and their families.” 
      Cuomo's proposal will save benefits for nearly 300,000 households in New York.