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Federal Governments Devastating Cuts to New Yorkers

March 2, 2018

By William Keeney

Albany, NY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has called on Congress to protect New York’s families and reject the federal government’s devastating cuts to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. An initial analysis by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance shows that more than 1.25 million households or 2.3 million New Yorkers would have their monthly food assistance drastically reduced under the President’s proposed budget, which slashes funding for SNAP by approximately 30 percent.

“The Trump Administration’s,Harvest Box
proposal makes their priorities crystal clear by slashing critical assistance to families in need to fund tax cuts for corporations,” Governor Cuomo said. “This is an unnecessary change to an effective, important program and I urge Congress to reverse this effort to take food away from New York’s hungry families.”

SNAP helps more than 2.8 million New Yorkers, or nearly 1.6 million households, put food on their table. Nearly two-thirds of SNAP participants are in families with children. Forty-three percent of recipients are in families with older adults or someone who is disabled, and twenty-seven percent of total SNAP participants are in families that are working but earn too little to feed themselves. This proposed cut will impact approximately 80 percent of SNAP recipients in New York.

March 2, 2018

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