Throughout June, 7,753 New Mexicans will receive an extra $168 in SNAP benefits, offering a one-time increase to combat food insecurity across the state.
In a joint effort between the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) and the Human Services Department (HSD), adults over 60 and adults with disabilities enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are receiving additional food support this month. Expressing gratitude for the chance to assist vulnerable populations, ALTSD Cabinet Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez acknowledged the ongoing challenges faced by older adults and individuals with disabilities in New Mexico.
Based on the SmartNews article, the State General Fund allocated the necessary funds for this increase, thanks to the Governor’s and state legislators’ combined efforts. These additional dollars aim to provide crucial food support to at-risk New Mexicans, benefiting local economies as the SNAP funds are frequently used at grocery stores and farmers’ markets.
Kari Armijo, acting cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Human Services Department, emphasized the significance of collaborative partnerships among departments to serve those in need. Allocating state general funds to extend benefits to seniors exemplifies the dedication to supporting New Mexicans who require assistance.
Individuals can contact the Human Services Department at 1-800-283-4465 for any inquiries regarding the supplementary SNAP benefits.
About the Human Services Department
At the Human Services Department, equal communication access is a priority. Customers receive written information in English and Spanish, while interpretation services in 58 languages are available through CTS Language Link. To ensure effective communication for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or speech impaired, Relay New Mexico, a free 24-hour service, is utilized.