On Friday, May 15, the House voted to pass the the fourth major COVID-19 Relief Package, also known as the Heroes Act, which strengthens programs vital to helping New Yorkers put food on their tables during these profoundly uncertain times.
Even before this crisis, over 1.5 million New Yorkers relied on theto help get food for themselves and their families. With unemployment skyrocketing and a growing number of New Yorkers turning to and for help accessing food, many for the first time, we know that strengthening SNAP is critical to ensuring that our neighbors don’t go hungry because of COVID-19. We are heartened to see that the bill includes a 15% increase in SNAP benefits for all recipients, blocks the implementation of harmful administrative changes to the program, and increases the minimum SNAP benefit for all recipients from $16 to $30.
The bill also aligns with priorities of the NY COVID-19 Food Coalition, which we are part of, including extensions to P-EBT through the summer months, increases to for mothers and children, additional funding for schools so they can continue to feed children during these uncertain times, and expanded eligibility for emergency relief to communities that were left out of the CARES Act.
In alignment with the NY COVID-19 Food Coalition and, we continue to ask our policy makers to act swiftly so that New Yorkers can access these critical benefits as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone who has already contacted their elected representatives to advocate for this bill.
Please join us by urging your Senator to pass legislation that supports the families most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.