SNAP benefits: This is how the program that allows you to buy twice as much with coupons works in New York
SNAP recipients in New York will be able to buy twice as much food thanks to the Fresh2You initiative. Here we will explain how the new program it works.
One of the main US government food aid programs is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It provides low-income families with benefits to buy food through an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card.
SNAP is a federal program that varies in its requirements and benefits across different states as it is administered by them. Governor Kathy Hochul of New York has recently introduced the Fresh2You program, which doubles the purchasing power of SNAP beneficiaries.
SNAP benefits: How the program works that allows you to buy twice as much with coupons in New York
The FreshConnect Fresh2You initiative now provides $2 for every $2 spent as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Previously, $2 was awarded for every $5 spent.
According to a statement, this new initiative will allow families in need to buy more healthy food, including produce, dairy, and meats. In addition, it will help offset recent reductions in SNAP benefits and the costs of inflation.
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The FreshConnect Fresh2You program was launched on April 15th, allowing farmers and vendors who sell SNAP-eligible food at any farmers market, farm stand, or mobile market in New York State to participate in the initiative and accept FreshConnect money. With these checks, customers can purchase a variety of products including dairy, produce, meat, fish, eggs, and more.
In addition to SNAP recipients, the FreshConnect Checks program is also available to veterans, service members, and their immediate families.
For more information on farmers’ market programs or to find a market near you, visit the Department of Agriculture web portal.