NEW YORK (PIX11) — On Wednesday, the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, stopped giving people of New York and dozens of other states a bonus for participating during the epidemic years.
The emergency grocery-spending allowance of up to $200 per month was terminated at the beginning of March, marking the end of the program.
Eighteen states had already put an end to the temporary incentive, which had originally been granted by Congress at the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic in the year 2020.
As of Wednesday, the benefit was no longer available in the remaining 32 states, including New York. This change is anticipated to have an effect on close to 30 million people in the United States.
Some families will suffer as a result of the pullback, according to organizations such as No Kid Hungry New York. This is especially true in light of the fact that high inflation contributes to rising food prices.
The group strongly suggests that those who are still in need of assistance strive to get reevaluated for SNAP benefits if there has been a recent change in their financial condition, such as an increase in rent or the loss of a job.
Alternatively, food banks and pantries are available to assist.