Hunger Solutions New York 𝘼𝙥𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙪𝙙𝙨 𝘼𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙣 𝙎𝙪𝙢𝙢𝙚𝙧 𝙀𝘽𝙏 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝘽𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙛𝙞𝙩 𝙎𝙠𝙞𝙢𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙍𝙚𝙢𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙨 𝙊𝙥𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙎𝙉𝘼𝙋 𝘾𝙪𝙩𝙨 𝙖𝙨 𝙁𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙊𝙛𝙛𝙨𝙚𝙩𝙨
Today, Congress passed an omnibus spending bill with several provisions affecting SNAP and child nutrition programs. Hunger Solutions New York applauds key victories in the bill:
• A new, permanent Summer EBT program will provide $40 per month in food benefits to eligible children over the summer months. The bill also provides additional flexibilities for non-congregate summer meal programs in rural communities without traditional congregate sites.
• Provisions addressing the skimming of EBT benefits will strengthen EBT card security and allow for the replacement of up to two months of benefits stolen between October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2024.
We are grateful for the members of New York’s delegation who supported Summer EBT – a longtime priority for Hunger Solutions New York – and a swift response to benefit skimming. In particular, we thank Senator Gillibrand for her tireless support of Summer EBT over many years and for championing a federal fix to EBT skimming, and Senator Schumer for ensuring those provisions remained on the table through difficult negotiations.
However, we are deeply troubled by the tradeoffs used to fund Summer EBT. The bill prematurely sunsets SNAP emergency allotments after February 2023, rather than continuing the allotments through the duration of the national public health emergency. It also reduces investments in Pandemic-EBT benefits for summer 2023.
These unnecessary and harmful cuts to SNAP and Pandemic-EBT will hasten a hunger cliff for many New Yorkers. Starting in March 2023, over 2.8 million NY SNAP recipients will lose, on average, an estimated $82 per person per month in nutrition benefits, a drop of roughly a quarter of a billion dollars per month in federal nutrition benefits to our state. This will be a sudden and devastating loss for families already struggling to make ends meet. Hunger Solutions New York remains firmly opposed to any offsets that cut benefits in one federal nutrition program to fund investments in another; Congress can and must identify additional resources to strengthen all the federal nutrition assistance programs that work together to alleviate hunger.
𝙁𝙚𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙄𝙣𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙣 𝙎𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙡 𝙈𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙨 𝙐𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙨 𝙉𝙚𝙚𝙙 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝙔𝙤𝙧𝙠 𝙩𝙤 𝙁𝙪𝙣𝙙 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝𝙮 𝙎𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙡 𝙈𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝘼𝙡𝙡 𝙉𝙔 𝙆𝙞𝙙𝙨
The federal omnibus bill did not include any measures to expand access to school meals, despite ongoing fallout from the loss of universal free school meals this year. This inaction at the federal level further underscores the need for New York to step up and ensure all kids in our state have access to the meals they need to learn and thrive.
We urge Governor Hochul to make Healthy School Meals for All NY Kids a priority in her FY2024 Executive Budget.
You can join the call by sending an email to Governor Hochul and your representatives, submitting a Letter to the Editor to your local papers, and amplifying the latest media coverage – including an op-ed from Rachael Ray – on your social media channels. View our recent advocacy alert to learn more.