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Addressing Cuts to SNAP Benefits

Navigating SNAP changes and supporting a community in need Posted on Tuesday, 07 March 2023

Addressing Cuts to SNAP Benefits

Navigating SNAP changes and supporting a community in need

Supplemental Emergency Allotments (EA) of SNAP benefits have been issued since April 2020 to help households during the COVID pandemic. These additional benefits were eliminated in February due to the passage of new federal legislation. New York issued a one-time bridge to support families through March--but that extension is soon ending. 

Starting in April, SNAP recipients will return to their pre-pandemic allocation. More than 62,000 households and 138,893 individuals in our region will be impacted by this change. Households will experience a loss between $95 and $200 per month.

As our community continues to grapple with the aftermath of a global pandemic and economic pressures, many individuals and families need supplemental food resources. SNAP is a critical service, and any cuts create significant challenges to those struggling to meet their most basic needs.

Are you someone who receives SNAP benefits?

Here are a few helpful resources:

  • Shop at places that provide extra value for your SNAP dollar. This includes Rochester Public Market, Abundance Food Co-Op or Foodlink’s Curbside Market.
  • Learn about the Emergency Food Network, where you can get free groceries and meals. You can also visit or call 2-1-1.
  • You likely qualify for discounts on your internet service through the Affordable Connectivity Program.
  • If you have children under 5, are pregnant or are breastfeeding, you may be eligible for the WIC nutrition program.
  • You can get FREE professional income tax preparation through the CASH program and sure you are getting all the tax credits you are entitled to. Schedule your appointment today.
  • Remember: your SNAP benefits roll over month to month for 274 days. Any unused portion can be used in future months.
  • If you’ve recently experienced a loss in income or an increase in expenses (housing, childcare fees, child support payments, allowable medical expenses) report verification of those changes through the NYS Mobile Upload DocSubmit app available on Google Play or the Apple Store to have your SNAP benefits reviewed.

Are you someone who is looking to support those in need?

Here are some helpful resources:

Additional questions or concerns? Email us at

Thank you to our partners working to address food insecurity in their community: