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SNAP benefits: 2.6 Million people in New York who are food insecure have begun using food pantries

The emergency allocation allocated to SNAP benefits recipients during the COVID-19 outbreak came to an end on March 1.

As New York approaches the three-year anniversary of the pandemic’s first devastation, new Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program monies are no longer available.

Consumers Feel The Effects Of Ending SNAP Benefits

SNAP, originally known as the Food Stamp Program, is a federal food assistance program for low-income seniors, families, and other individuals living in poverty.

The decision to reduce funding affects around 1.6 million households and 2.6 million New Yorkers overall. In addition, 31 more states were impacted by the cut, affecting millions of additional Citizens participating in the program.

The emergency allocation during the pandemic gave up to hundreds of dollars in additional assistance to SNAP recipients. During the pandemic, SNAP beneficiaries received an average of $251 per month, according to the Agricultural Department.

Nationwide, more than 40 million Americans receive SNAP benefits. With the latest cuts, though, they may receive as low as $23.

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Persistent Growth Of Inflation

The emergency allocation allocated to SNAP participants during the COVID-19 outbreak came to an end on March 1.

The Center operates a soup kitchen and food bank for those experiencing food insecurity, the majority of whom get SNAP assistance. In response to these budget changes, food pantries and other charitable organizations anticipate having to assist those in need.

This problem is exacerbated by persistently high inflation resulting from the pandemic’s impact on the supply chain.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that inflation jumped by 6% in February compared to the same month last year. Now, on May 11, President Joe Biden intends to officially declare an end to the pandemic as a Public Health Emergency, ending his capacity to issue emergency executive orders and award emergency funds.

In addition, the cuts come at a time when Republican senators are pressing for legislation that would make it more difficult to receive SNAP assistance. A group of Republican legislators launched the America Works Act on March 14.

The bill would increase the age limit for able-bodied SNAP users from 49 to 65, which might reduce the amount of assistance they receive.

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