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New Jersey Assemblyman Urges Minimum Snap Benefit Increase as Emergency Benefits End

DOWNTOWN MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY — In February of 2023, the SNAP Supplemental Emergency Benefits will be eliminated. Consequently, regular SNAP benefits will be distributed to eligible individuals beginning March 1. The SNAP benefit threshold has increased to $50 per month.

However, New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin (D-19th Dist.) wants to see that amount increased to $95, which he says will help the state’s poorest families afford food.

As part of the Assembly Speaker’s ongoing efforts to combat hunger, Coughlin has introduced legislation (A5086) that would nearly double the minimum monthly payments made to those on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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In his speech, Coughlin said, “This is an opportunity for New Jersey to make a strong statement that we will to continue to lead the nation in fighting food insecurity, and make a difference in so many lives.”

Since his bill was approved by a voice vote in the state Assembly’s Human Services Committee on January 19th, it has been scheduled for a full Assembly vote on Thursday, January 26.

Starting earlier this month, the minimum SNAP benefit in New Jersey increased from the federal minimum of $23. Coughlin’s bill would increase the already-high minimum wage set by the state, making it the first of its kind.

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Coughlin told the Assembly committee last week, “Rising need, amid growing inflation, means that $50 a month is just not going to cut it.” His bill would secure a minimum floor of $95 for people in New Jersey, allowing more families to afford food.

With SNAP, locals can shop at supermarkets, corner stores, and farmer’s markets for necessities that “many of us take for granted.” “It allows them to eat with respect and dignity while also having access to healthy, freshly prepared food,” Coughlin said. Here, in a video posted to Twitter, are his thoughts.

Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, SNAP families have been receiving an additional $45 per month from the federal government thanks to emergency supplements passed by Congress for 2020.

The federal government’s bare minimum SNAP benefit would drop to $23 per month without the extra help from the state. As of next Tuesday, February 28th, the federal pandemic supplement will no longer be available.

That, according to Coughlin, is “a colossal step backwards,” and he noted that his bill would protect SNAP recipients from a large and unexpected reduction in their regular payments.

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To put it another way, his bill would help 46,000 low-income New Jerseyans and their families. As of the end of 2022, nearly 769,000 New Jerseyans were receiving SNAP benefits, split among nearly 397,000 households.

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