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Policy Alerts, SNAP
The roll out of the new card design began this month in NYC and will continue in September for upstate counties. There will be no mass replacement of current EBT cards. Only new applicants and those needing a replacement card (due to damage or loss of current card) will receive a card with the new design.
Policy Alerts, SNAP
This newest SNAP Policy Update from Hunger Solutions New York highlights a clarification from the United States Department of Agriculture all individuals in receipt of VA disability compensation, regardless of the percentage, are exempt from the ABAWD time limit rule.
Policy Alerts, SNAP
Starting on July 1, 2016, families and individuals with earned income will be allowed to use 150% of poverty for their gross income test (GIT) when applying for SNAP benefits. This means more working families will be eligible for SNAP, including families previously ineligible because they were just over the guidelines.
Policy Alerts, SNAP
This policy update provides information on the policy changes for determining the Standard Utility Allowance (SUA) that were included in the 2014 Farm Bill. The information in this policy update reflects the final regulations from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and replaces the “Initial Draft” policy provided by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) back in June of 2014.
Policy Alerts, SNAP
This policy update highlights information provided by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) through GIS 16 TA/DC032. This GIS is a reference tool that highlights and reminds SNAP offices of existing Temporary Assistance (TA) and SNAP policy regarding the impact of a strike on applicants and recipients. There is no NEW policy information provided in OTDA’s GIS or in this SNAP Policy Update.
Policy Alerts, Child Nutrition, Child Nutrition, Federal
A child nutrition reauthorization bill (H.R. 5003) introduced on April 20 by Rep. Todd Rokita, chair of the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, includes a provision that would severely restrict schools’ eligibility for community eligibility, an option within the national school lunch and breakfast programs allowing high-poverty schools to provide meals at no charge to all students.
Policy Alerts, SNAP
This article from the Atlantic CITYLAB highlights that on April 1, a federal provision tying food assistance to a work requirement will leave the unemployed poor in a lurch.
Policy Alerts, SNAP
This newest SNAP Policy Update highlights how to treat online “crowdfunding” accounts for the purpose of determining SNAP eligibility.
Policy Alerts, SNAP
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program, reaching nearly 47 million people nationwide in 2014 alone. These fact sheets provide NYS specific data on who participates in the SNAP program, the benefits they receive, and SNAP’s role in strengthening the economy.
Policy Alerts, SNAP
This recent SNAP policy update from Hunger Solutions New York highlights information regarding the increase to the New York State (NYS) minimum wage, which will occur on December 31st, 2015, and the impact on SNAP participants.

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