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Not an April Fool’s Joke.

April 1, 2009

Today (April 1st, 2009), SNAP/Food Stamp recipients receive 13.6% more per month. This increase is due to the American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which increases SNAP/Food Stamp benefits, gives states extra money to administer SNAP/Food Stamps, and also includes additional nutrition provisions.

Here is the break down of what the ARRA provisions mean for New York State:

National and New York State Breakdown of ARRA Expenditures

Expenditure

National

New York State

Total

$374.19 billion

$24.63 billion

SNAP/Food Stamp Benefit Increase

$19.9 billion

$1.289 billion

SNAP/Food Stamp Administration

$291 million

$30 million

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

$500 million

$34 million

Senior Nutrition Program

$100 million

$7 million



If you haven’t already done so, please call your Congressional Representatives to thank them for their support in passing this critical legislation. Despite the important advances made in ARRA, however, there is still work to be done. In New York State, we must work together to urge Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Paterson to accept the ABAWD waiver.


In addition, in order to maximize the effectiveness of these important increases, New York City must increase its outreach for Food Stamp/SNAP benefits, improve HRA’s ability to process claims by following Public Advocate Gotbaum’s recommendations to improve technology, and must stop its wasteful and ineffective practice of finger imaging Food Stamp/SNAP recipients.

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