ALBANY, N.Y.-- New York State is taking steps to preserve $457 million a year in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
The funds would otherwise be cut by the recently enacted federal Farm Bill.
"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. 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," said Governor Cuomo.
New York State, through the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), will dedicate approximately $6 million in additional federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding to maintain SNAP benefit levels for affected households.
"By negating the impact of these harsh cuts to maintain SNAP benefit levels, we are taking action to preserve vital nutrition assistance that makes a real difference in the lives of so many low-income households in New York State, including senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, children and low-income workers," said OTDA Commissioner Kristin M. Proud.