It’s a new year and with the continued increase in food prices, one of the questions we have received from New York SNAP recipients is whether there will be an increase in New York food stamps benefits. Specifically, will there be a cost of living adjustment to food stamps benefits in 2023 to make up for the increase in food prices? In this post, we will explain in detail what the 2023 New York Food Stamps Increase will be, the income limits to qualify for benefits, and how much a family of 4 or 5 will get in SNAP benefits.
Additionally, we will provide a list of other food stamps changes in 2023 that may affect your benefits.
2023 New York Food Stamps Increase
If you are approved for food stamps in New York, how much in benefits you get partly depends on the:
- Number of people in your household,
- Total amount of your household’s income, and
- U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Thrifty Food Plan.
The Thrifty Food Plan is a government estimate of how much it costs to provide a household with nutritious, low-cost meals.
The table below shows the maximum food stamps benefits for households with zero income.
As your income increases, your New York SNAP benefit amount goes down.
|New York SNAP Maximum Benefit Amount by Household Size for Fiscal Year 2023|
|Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023|
|Household Size||Maximum SNAP Benefit Allotment|
|Each Additional Household Member: Add||$211|
How Much will a Family of 4 Get in Food Stamps?
Here’s how to calculate how much a family of 4 will get in New York SNAP benefits.
First, we need to start with the household income.
If you have a countable net income, multiply your net monthly income by 0.3 (30 percent).
Round up this amount to the nearest dollar.
Next, take this amount and subtract it from the maximum benefit level for a household of your size.
From the table above, the maximum a household of 4 could receive in New York SNAP is $939.
The result is the amount of your monthly New York SNAP benefits for a family of 4.
Here’s an example:
Example: Julie and her family of four (4) have $1,910 in net income after allowable income and shelter deductions. To determine the family’s SNAP benefits, take 30% of the “net income” (30% of $1,910) and subtract it from the maximum benefit, as follows:
$1,910 Net Income for Julie’s family
x .30 (Multiply by 30%)
$ 573 Countable Income
$939 Maximum SNAP for 4 persons
-$573 Countable income
$ 366 Monthly SNAP benefits for Julie’s family
How much will a Family of 5 get in New York SNAP?
Using the same example above, we are going to calculate how much Julie’s family will get if they were a family of 5 with the same $2,640 net income.
From the table above, the maximum a household of 5 could receive in New York SNAP is $1,116.
Example: Julie and his family of five (five) have $2,640 in net income after allowable income and shelter deductions. To determine the family’s SNAP benefits, take 30% of the “net income” (30% of $2,640) and subtract it from the maximum benefit, as follows:
$2,640 Net Income for Julie’s family
x .30 (Multiply by 30%)
$ 792 Countable Income
$1,116 Maximum SNAP for 5 persons
-$792 Countable income
$ 324 Monthly SNAP benefits for Julie’s family
Emergency SNAP Allotment for New York to Continue
The emergency SNAP allotment for New Yorkers that were implemented due to COVID-19 will continue into 2023.
OTDA began issuing emergency supplemental benefits in April 2020 to those SNAP households receiving less than the maximum monthly benefit amount.
“Too many hardworking New Yorkers continue to feel the effects of the pandemic-struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table,” Governor Hochul said. “My administration will continue taking action to support our most vulnerable communities, and the $234 million in SNAP benefits announced today will provide the necessary funding to ensure hundreds of thousands of New York households avoid food insecurity.”
When New York State’s emergency declaration expired in June 2021, the New York OTDA successfully worked with the federal government to secure the maximum allotment for all SNAP households until the expiration of the federal declaration of a public health emergency.
The federal declaration of a public health emergency was extended until October and will enable OTDA to continue issuing these benefits through November 2022.
However, there are indications that the Biden Administration will extend the public emergency one more time, which means extra benefits will be issued through at least January 2023.
The emergency allotment is provided to households that do not ordinarily receive the maximum allowable benefit per month on SNAP.
Households already near or at the maximum benefit level — $939 for a household of four (starting October 1, 2022)— will receive a supplemental payment of at least $95.
For the maximum SNAP benefits by household size for 2023, see the table above.
Other Food Stamps Changes in 2023
Here are the other New York SNAP changes in 2023 that may affect your benefits:
Updated New York Income Limits for 2023
The biggest factor when determining if you are eligible for food stamp benefits is your household income.
Each year, the USDA is responsible for setting the Income Eligibility Standards for SNAP. These standards are then used to perform an income test on all households that apply for food stamp benefits.
The income test is required for all households, unless your household is already receiving cash assistance benefits from the federal government or your state.
Most households must have a total gross monthly income less than or equal to 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL), to be potentially eligible for New York SNAP benefits.
If your household has a person who is 60 or older or disabled, only the net income limit must be met.
The New York SNAP Income Limit for 2022-2023 is based on your household’s total income and size.
To see if your household’s income meets the fiscal year 2023 SNAP Eligibility Requirements, use the chart below:
|New York SNAP Income Eligibility Standards for Fiscal Year 2023|
|Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023|
|Household Size||The Maximum Gross Monthly Income for Households with Child/Dependent Care Costs – (200% of FPL)||Maximum Gross Monthly Income for Households with earned income – (150% of FPL)||Maximum Gross Monthly Income for Households without Senior/Disabled Members – (130% of FPL)||Monthly Net Income (100% of FPL)|
|Each Additional Household Member: Add||$787||$590||$512||$394|
New Allowable Deductions for 2023
To calculate your net monthly income, you must deduct approved household expenses. Here are the expenses that can be deducted from your household’s gross income:
- 20% deduction from Earned Income
- Standard deduction of $193 for households with 1 to 4 people and $225 for households with 5 people and $226 for households with 6 or more people.
- Dependent care deduction when needed for work, training, or education
- A deduction for elderly or disabled member’s medical expenses that exceed $35 a month (if not paid by insurance or someone else)
- Any legally owed child support payments can be deducted
- Homeless Household’s shelter costs deduction of $166.81.
- A deduction for excess shelter costs that exceed more than half of the household’s income (after the other deductions listed above & cannot exceed $624 unless a household member is elderly or disabled).
2023 New York Food Stamps Increase Summary
We hope this post on the 2023 New York Food Stamps Increase was helpful.
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