SNAP Benefits

Nationwide, state agencies and people who receive aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are “reporting the theft of millions of dollars in benefits,” according to a report from Stateline. “And unlike regular credit or debit cards where refunds are often available when thieves poach funds, EBT cards don’t have those protections.

“Some help may be coming, thanks to a new federal mandate that allows states to use federal money to reimburse SNAP recipients whose benefits were stolen through electronic card fraud. The federal law also calls on states to increase the cards’ security. But advocates for those with low incomes and some lawmakers say the payments are only a half-step toward fixing the problem,” it goes on to note.

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Stateline, which provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy, is part of The Pew Charitable Trusts. I found the article via, another great site.

And there’s more SNAP news!

New Yorkers to Receive Supplemental SNAP Benefits for February

The additional money allotted to SNAP during the pandemic is set to end March 1 in New York. In the meantime, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that New Yorkers enrolled in SNAP will receive a supplemental allotment of food benefits for February 2023, including those already receiving the maximum allowable level. Issued monthly to help New Yorkers weather the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the supplemental benefits will conclude after this month due to the changes prescribed by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, which was adopted by Congress late last year.

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Low-Income Americans Are Losing Yet Another Covid-Era Benefit as Prices Keep Rising (Bloomberg)

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