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Advocates in New York Rally for Higher SNAP Benefits Despite Concerns About Affordability and Bipartisan Support

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Lawmakers Highlight SNAP Recipients’ Struggles with a $23 Monthly Benefit

May and González-Rojas Present Their Argument for a $100 Monthly Minimum

State Senator Rachel May and Assembly Member Jessica González-Rojas highlighted the flaws of the current SNAP benefits to address food poverty in New York during a grocery shopping excursion, according to Spectrum News. The lawmakers highlighted the hard reality that recipients face while attempting to pay for even the most basic needs by setting the lowest compensation at an absurd $23 per month. May and González-Rojas brought attention to the situation faced by vulnerable populations, including the elderly, who often had to choose between eating healthy meals and taking their prescribed prescriptions. They contended that to effectively combat hunger, the minimum benefit must be raised to $100 per month.

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Advocates in New York Rally for Higher SNAP Benefits Despite Concerns About Affordability and Bipartisan Support (PHOTO: The New York Times)

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In light of ongoing discussions about affordability, Senate Minority Leader Ortt is amenable to increasing SNAP benefits

There is bipartisan support for the idea of expanding SNAP payments, as evidenced by Sen. Rob Ortt, the minority leader in the Senate. Ongoing talks, nonetheless, center on how to address the fundamental issues with affordability. The push to expand SNAP benefits emphasizes how urgent it is to reduce New Yorkers’ financial burden in the face of rapidly rising housing expenses and an impending affordability catastrophe. While supporters like May and González-Rojas persist in advocating for a more substantial rise to $100 per month, emphasizing its vital function in relieving the strain on economically challenged families throughout the state, the prospect of increasing the minimum benefit to $50 per month looms as discussions for this year’s budget continue.

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