GENESEO, N.Y., Feb. 9, 2023 – The Livingston County Department of Social Services has an important update concerning Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Emergency Allotments, which are scheduled to end this month.
SNAP benefits that have been provided throughout the pandemic are ending at the conclusion of February due to federal rules. These temporary benefits have provided an extra payment each month to ensure all SNAP households received at least the maximum monthly benefit.
Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 in December 2022 that ended the supplemental EA benefits. February 2023 is the last month that supplemental EA benefits will be issued, and your SNAP benefits will return to the normal amount beginning in March 2023. The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) and your local social services district do not have control over this change. These benefits were issued directly from NYS OTDA, which will also be alerting all SNAP recipients via three text messages of the change.
In light of possible types of scamming, be aware that OTDA will never ask for a SNAP card number or PIN. Clients should never give their card number or PIN to anyone who attempts to solicit it.
For more information, visit the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s website or the Food and Nutrition Service.
Learn more about pop-up food pantries by visiting Food Link’s website.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.