SNAP (aka Food Stamps) Usage in the NY 23rd by County.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new name of the Food Stamp Program. In New York it is managed by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). The chart below shows information about SNAP usages in each county of the NY 23rd Congressional District. Eligibility is based on your income and family size. If your income is at 125% of the Federal Poverty Level or lower, then you qualify for monthly benefits. (See Second and Third Charts for necessary income levels, and the fourth chart for the monthly benefits.) The chart can be a bit tricky to understand. In Tompkins County 21.5% of the families  qualify for SNAP benefits, but only 7% actually receive the benefits. The last column can be read as a percent–only 38% of the families that qualify for SNAP Benefits, receive them. SNAP by Counties CHART       This following two charts are pretty much self-explanatory.

Snap Requirement2

  The last chart shows monthly benefits each family will receive. A family of four, without an elderly or disabled member, can earn up to $29,976. They will receive $668 in SNAP credits monthly, in-effect increasing the family’s income to $37,992. SNAP Benefits

The Ryan’s budget will reduce the SNAP funding by $133.5 Billion over 10 years. That’s a 17% reduction. Presently 90% of the funding goes for benefits; the rest goes for necessary state administrative cost to determine eligibility, and operating costs. The administration costs are almost a ‘fixed cost’–that work will still need to be done. Most of the cuts will be on the benefit side of the ledger. For New York State, who has 3,160,000 SNAP participants, will lose $9 billion dollars over the ten year period.

The Republicans have pointed to he SNAP Program as a reason the Farm Bill has not been renewed. One of the  proposals is to adjust the SNAP benefit when high housing costs consume more of the family income. Another sticking point is that there is a long lag time time (up to 16 months)  for the inflation adjustment to take effect. These seem to be reasonable request, but the Farm Bill, even approved by the Republican lead Agricultural Committee, has not been brought to the floor for discussion or a vote.


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Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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5 Responses to SNAP (aka Food Stamps) Usage in the NY 23rd by County.

  1. whungerford says:

    I can’t recall ever seeing an explanation of how beneficiaries are supposed to cope if benefits are cut. There seems to be a tacit assumption that cutting benefits will somehow raise family income, but this seems mighty doubtful. If those who depend on these benefits came to believe that their votes are important, that would surely help protect their interests.


  2. Anne says:

    In addition, SNAP rules say that a family can have no more than $2000 in assets (a figure that has not been adjusted for inflation since 1986); according to the Feeding American website, the average SNAP household has assets of just $331.00. This of course does not leave much in the way of a safety net for those who get their safety net yanked out from under them.


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  5. josephurban says:

    On way to reduce the deficit is to cut food for poor kids. Another way to reduce the deficit is to collect ALL taxes. Instead of cutting food stamps Congress could have accepted the Obama request (which failed) to add IRS agents. It is estimated that between $400 and $500 billion goes uncollected each year due to the lack of enforcement . Who do you suppose gets away with that ? (If you work for a living, no problem, they take taxes out of your check each pay period).
    It really is kind of sick, when you think about it. Cutting a poor family’s food stamps while keeping all the other tax breaks and keeping the IRS manpower poor, allowing massive cheating to continue.


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