With the resumption of mandatory participation in WorkFirst, the WorkFirst sanctions process will no longer be suspended. The Restaurant Resiliency Program will award grants approved by the New York State Department of Health to New York State`s network of ten food banks as part of the 2021-22 New York State budget. The list of food banks and their premiums can be found here. ORIA has received an exemption from the Federal Office for Refugee Resettlement to further expand the eligibility of refugees and other eligible immigrants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This derogation expired on 30 September 2021. 1 The Family First Act, which originally approved the P-EBT, approved the program until September 2020 (fiscal year 2020). The USDA initially allowed states to provide benefits for school closure days during the 2019-2020 school year and approved extensions for states to provide benefits under that law in August and September of the 2020-2021 school year. The October 2020 State Funding Act extended this option until September 2021 and expanded the program to include schools that use a mix of face-to-face and virtual learning, and some children under 6 who receive SNAP benefits. The December 2020 COVID-19 relief package and other measures taken by the Biden administration have allowed for further simplifications, especially for children under 6.
States that were not initially approved to provide August and September 2020 benefits under Families First can pay benefits for the months once approved for the 2020-2021 school year. All states approved after October 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year have been approved to provide benefits to school-aged children starting at the start of the school year. The U.S. bailout allows states to provide P-EBT services in the summer of 2021 and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Families First has included two ways states can increase benefits for many NPAS participants and other households with declining incomes and growing food needs: OUTDATED, BLIND OR DISABLED REFERRAL PROGRAMS/HOUSING AND BASIC NEEDS:  For a brief summary of many of these exemptions, all of which can be found at the Food and Nutrition Service, see “SNAP: COVID-19 Waivers by State,” www.fns.usda.gov/disaster/pandemic/covid-19/snap-waivers-flexibilities. The USDA has authorized state agencies to extend it up to one month after the month in which the federal public health emergency ends. Since March 2020, states have been using the temporary flexibility of SNAPs (food stamps) to provide emergency benefit supplements, maintain benefits for households with children who never miss school meals, and facilitate program management during the pandemic. These options have enabled States to provide more food assistance to struggling families, manage intensive administrative demands, and ensure that participants receive much-needed benefits.
At least four States have been authorized to suspend the personal collection of applications and verification documents. Some of these states have had extensions until December 2021. Extend certification periods and adjust reporting requirements. SNAP members are allowed to receive benefits for a specified period of time, called the certification period. Typically, a portion of SNAP participants must submit documents and interview each month in order to continue receiving benefits after their certification period expires. This is called the recertification process. Participants must also update or report certain changes in their situation at different intervals, depending on the condition. Effective March 26, 2020, the DSHS amended the Program Administrative Rules (WAC) that allow the ministry to defer AED disability exams, amend HEN reference exams, and expand medical evidence rules for regulatory purposes.
Gary Jenkins, Human Resources Administrator (HRA), said, “Connecting New Yorkers to the food aid they need is one of our top priorities and a responsibility we take very seriously. We are proud to be part of this effort to bring sensible reform to this important program that will only expand opportunities for the millions of New Yorkers we serve. We commend the Governor and the State of New York for seizing this opportunity for reform that strategically brings together so many key stakeholders. Most states applied for and were granted this exemption in the early months of the pandemic; Some states stopped asking for exemptions in the summer of 2020. Under the December 2021 guidelines, states can request to extend available exemptions until the month following the month in which the federal public health emergency ends. Table 2 shows the expiration of the last use of this option by States. The state`s health commissioner, Dr Howard Zucker, said: “Food insecurity is a public health issue that has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nourish New York program has been instrumental in providing aid and assistance during the pandemic and continues its excellent work not only to help families, but also to revive the restaurant industry.