SNAP Policy & Advocacy
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps nearly than 3 million New Yorkers feed their families each month.
SNAP reduces hunger, improves nutrition, responds to crisis, supports work, lifts millions of people out of poverty, and bolsters local economies.
SNAP FAST FACTS
- SNAP is our nation’s primary nutrition assistance program, providing monthly benefits to purchase food for all who meet program rules
- SNAP responds quickly and effectively to support low-income families in times of increased need and disaster
- SNAP benefits are targeted according to need; benefits are provided on a card that can only be used at approved locations to purchase food
- In New York State, the average SNAP benefit is $1.52 per person per meal
New York Congressional District Data Sheets
Find SNAP stats and info individualized for all NYS Congressional districts in a printable pdf format.
Federal law already requires that states limit SNAP eligibility to just three months out of every three years for unemployed and underemployed adults without dependent children unless they can document 20 hours of work a week.
Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed to make those time limits even harsher. USDA’s proposed rule would undercut states’ ability to waive these harsh time limits in many areas where there are too few jobs. The USDA’s estimates its proposal would eliminate SNAP benefits for an additional 755,000 adults and cut SNAP benefits on a ten-year basis by $15 billion.
The Trump Administration announced a proposed public charge rule that would greatly undercut efforts to address food insecurity and poverty by making it harder for immigrant families to access a range of nutrition, health, and housing benefits that are essential to our nation’s health and well-being. Get the latest updates, resources and actions you can take on the proposed Public Charge rule, plus a link to submit public comments—due December 10.
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SNAP made a huge impact on Janetlyn’s life.
RESOURCES & OUTREACH TOOLS
Download this invaluable tool for community organizations that work with SNAP consumers
Visit our repository of information and tools explaining SNAP time limits for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents
Learn about the process for requesting SNAP replacement benefits due to flooding, power outages or other misfortunes
Tools and resources for community organizations working with SNAP applicants reflecting the Oct 1 adjustments to SNAP standards and deductions
SNAP NEWS & MEDIA
Hunger Solutions New York and SNAP in the News Business Insider The government shutdown is forcing millions of Americans to stretch their monthly food benefits to the limit Sherry Tomasky, Director of Communications and Public Affairs speaks with Mariana Alfaro about...
Following the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s release of a new proposal to make it harder for people who are struggling to find steady work to use the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), Sherry Tomasky, Director of Communications and Public...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ahead of Veterans Day, New York State Food Security Advocates Urge Congress to Protect Food Assistance for Veterans The program helps nearly 1.4 million low-income veterans, including thousands in NY Albany, NY – As the nation prepares to...
SNAP REPORTS & DATA
The Food Bank for New York City has created maps and data tables that look at SNAP in NYS from several different perspectives and provide county by county data. Two of these fact sheets look at the number of meals missing by county and also by per person by county....
Almost 1.4 million veterans, more than 64,000 in New York State, live in households that participate in SNAP (formerly food stamps), finds a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The 1.4 million figure, an annual average for the 2015-2017 period,...
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program as of December 2017; SNAP was helping 43 million low-income Americans to afford a nutritionally adequate diet. This fact sheet by the Center on Budget and Policy...