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New York City - 600,000 in City May Qualify for Food Stamps

Published on: June 17, 2008 09:43 AM
By: NY Sun
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New York City - A city initiative to enroll eligible residents into federal food stamp programs has identified about 600,000 New Yorkers who may qualify for government aid, city officials announced yesterday. The city will begin sending information to these people in July, explaining that they may be entitled to receive more benefits than they currently do.


“The food stamp data match initiative is a simple and cost-effective way to use technology to bring much-needed food support to low-income New Yorkers,” the speaker of the City Council, Christine Quinn, said yesterday in a statement.

Of the approximately 600,000 New Yorkers targeted under the initiative, 211,801 reside in Brooklyn, representing the highest number in any borough, versus just 21,287 in Staten Island, the lowest of any borough. The program is intended to identify New Yorkers who are enrolled in Medicaid but not in federal food stamp programs, as the criteria for eligibility is similar for both forms of aid.

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 Jun 17, 2008 at 11:21 AM lavdafka Says:

this is very good news for all large families who need a liitle extra push to go for it (food stamps).


 Jun 17, 2008 at 04:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Oh please - whoever needs it is already on it - with a significant fraudulent enrolees and illegal aliens - and they want to enroll more people to waste taxpayer money on more fraud


 Jun 17, 2008 at 04:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Great! so now the illegal cleaning ladies will need only $7 or $8 an hr instead of $9 or $10 because now they get food stamps.


 Jun 17, 2008 at 05:29 PM Anonymous Says:

You need to make less than 20,000 a year or something around there.

Most frum working people make more than 20,000 a year!

The qulaification is not just about having a large family. My kids are 300 pounds and we get nothing. If I would make them any larger they would need a coffin not food stamps.


 Jun 17, 2008 at 07:58 PM tzaddik Says:

The food stamp debit card is the same as the Medicaid card.Many people illegally on Medicaid will now be offered food stamps.


 Jun 17, 2008 at 09:22 PM Anonymous Says:

this is great news


 Jun 19, 2008 at 06:57 AM Anonymous Says:

they should give some to the low middle class people we pay alot of taxes and we get noting from the gov and we need the money for food


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