New York became the latest state in the USA to extend emergency food stamps for low-income families into December 2022, as they promised emergency benefits will extend until at least February 2023.
SNAP is a federal program that provides food stamps to assist low-income households, but is controlled at state level and New York has become only the fifth state to formally extend the emergency program into December, joining New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon and Wisconsin.
There are eight more states whose November payments roll into December, namely Alabama, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Vermont and Nevada.
What are SNAP Benefits?
SNAP benefits can be used to purchase fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry and fish, dairy products, breads and cereals, snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages and seeds and plants that produce food for the household to eat.
Will SNAP continue in 2023?
There are fears that the 2022 midterm election results could lead to a shrinking of programs like SNAP now that Congress is divided and the Republicans control the house.
According to analysts like Karen Dolan, Director of the Criminalization of Poverty Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, the GOP could seek to reduce accessibility through imposing harsher work requirements.
The Farm Bill, which controls a myriad of aspects to food production, including farming sustainability laws, crop insurance and what kinds of foods are grown, also has access to food for low-income families in its remit.
It’s up for renewal in 2023, so it’s the thing to watch to see how SNAP could change.
“Many of these expansions, such as the 15 percent benefit increase and the lifting of the cruel three-month limit for low-income adults without children experiencing full-time job loss, have expired,” Dolan told GOBankingRates.
“Renewing these and other effective measures – such as increasing benefits to Puerto Rico and other US territories – to ease poverty, child hunger and family food insecurity, especially in the face of high food prices, should be an important goal in the 2023 Farm Bill.”