A Trump Administration proposal potentially cutting food stamps could cost New York City almost $100 million a year in lost benefits, resulting in more than $150 million annually in lost business, say city officials.
In formal comments opposing the plan, the Office of the Mayor told federal officials nearly 50,000 city residents would lose a monthly average of $151 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
Some 9,400 NYC supermarkets, bodegas, farmers markets and other retailers that accept SNAP benefits would lose sales, government data show. The lost sales also threaten jobs and tax revenues, the city says.
Outside the City, 33 New York counties, five cities and a town, also have waivers. All told, the State would lose 89 percent of its current waivers, newly subjecting 107,000 SNAP beneficiaries to time limits, according to Hunger Solutions New York.