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Recent changes in state policy results in thousands more Erie County households eligible for SNAP benefits


Fri, Jul 1st 2016 11:50 am

Expansion of program will benefit single-parent households struggling to pay their bills

Erie County residents earning between 130 percent and 150 percent of the federal poverty level will be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program benefits, effective July 1.

SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, provides food-purchasing assistance for low-income families and individuals. More than 10,000 households are expected to be eligible for SNAP benefits as a result of the change.

"SNAP provides a lifeline to vulnerable people when they need it most," Erie County Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger said. "This expansion will be a great benefit to those struggling to make ends meet. The population that will benefit the most are single-parent households with one full-time employed adult supporting their children."

The income limits, effective July 1, are as follows:

Residents are encouraged to apply online by visiting: www.mybenefits.ny.gov.

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