SNAP Program Expands As of July 1

During his State of the State speech in January, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he would use his administrative authority to increase the gross income test for SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) from 130% of the federal poverty line to 150%, thereby making 750,000 additional households eligible for federal nutrition benefits. The increase went into effect July 1, 2016.

The new changes will not impact households with an elderly or disabled member or those paying child or adult care costs. These households are already eligible up to 200% of FPL. The new rules will also not apply to households that have any member who is either temporarily or permanently sanctioned or disqualified from the SNAP program due either to an Intentional Program Violation (IPV), or to a SNAP work rules violation or voluntary job quit.

SNAP households that do not meet any of the above criteria that also have countable earned income will be eligible up to 150% of FPL which is $1,472 per month for a household of 1 and $3,032 per month for a household of 4. Households with no countable earned income remain eligible up to 130% of FPL.

More information about eligibility under the expanded guidelines can be found here