SNAP benefits have been crucial for many New Yorkers’ livelihoods, including approximately 14% of the state’s population last year. And as of May 2022, close to 1.6 million households throughout the state have been enrolled in the program. All SNAP recipients, including those already at the maximum level of benefits, will receive supplemental that are currently at or near the maximum benefit level, which is $835 for a household of four, will receive a supplemental payment of at least $95. SNAP households in all counties outside of New York City should see the supplemental benefits post on their accounts between Friday, July 15th and Friday, July 22nd. SNAP households within the five boroughs should see the benefits post between Tuesday, July 19th and Saturday, July 30th. The payments will be delivered directly to recipients’ existing Electronic Benefit Transfer accounts and can be accessed with existing EBT cards. Just like the regular benefits, the supplemental benefits can be used at authorized retail food stores. Any unused benefits will automatically carry over to the following month.
Not only are the personal benefits nice, SNAP benefits have an enhancing effect on New York’s general economy. It’s estimated that $234 million in federal funding will be infused into New York’s economy as a result of these additional benefits. Since January, the program has contributed more than $1.2 billion into the state’s economy, playing a critical role in the state’s economic recovery in the wake of the pandemic. According to a recent federal study quantifying the program’s impact, SNAP generates up to $1.54 in economic activity for each federal dollar invested in the program.
Alright so besides New York, let’s take a look at the other 4 states that were added to our grand list of 35 states that are currently approved to either extend emergency allotments or P-EBT benefits, depending on the state. Louisiana has since made our list, with 2 more payment dates set to be issued on July 23rd and 30th.So if you’re a Louisiana resident, make sure you look out for those dates. That will be the next 2 Saturdays.
Next up is the state of Minnesota. For Minnesota residents, you can actually expect your payments to be arriving next month, on the following dates: Aug 9th – 11th, 15th – 18th, 22nd – 25th, and 29th – 31st, 2022. The reason benefits are being delayed one month is because the State was having trouble issuing emergency benefits all at once, so they instead opted to use a different system, in which they would space apart and issue people their benefits over the course of several days, through a combination of automated and manual processes. This new method will allow everyone to receive their benefits on a specific date, without fear of further delays.
The next State on our list is Massachusetts. And the exact date of emergency allotment issuance for these residents is August 2nd. As for Texas and Oklahoma, these states should have actually already been on the list for July, but it looked like there was some sort of a delay in getting the website updated to reflect that.