New York City is receiving a $5.5 million federal grant, and will match with local funds, for a total $11 million investment in SNAP healthy food incentive programs.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps reduce food insecurity and help households rise out of poverty. SNAP healthy food incentive programs can help people eat more fruits and vegetables and increase the quality of their diet. When SNAP recipients are given incentives to buy more fruits and vegetables, they spend more of their benefits on healthier foods. Families can buy healthier options, which help children establish lifelong habits supporting overall health and wellness.
This is investment is significant but only a good first step. To put it in perspective, $11 million would provide an additional $5 per month for 185,000 SNAP recipients. SNAP serves nearly 1.5 million New York City residents, or 20 percent of the population, on average each month so there are still many more New Yorkers that are in need. We ask that NYC double its contribution to $11M, for a total $16.5M investment SNAP healthy food incentive programs. Expanding the reach and impact of these effective initiatives will have significant long-term health and economic benefits for New York City.
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