(ALBANY, N.Y.) -- The application process for food stamps in New York State is about to get simpler, as Governor Andrew Cuomo has pledged to increase participation in the food stamp program.
In an announcement Thursday, Cuomo stated his intention to simplify the application process by removing barriers to participation and eliminating stigmas associated with the program. Among the changes coming, is an end to the finger-imaging requirement for all food stamp applicants and recipients.
Officials say over 1.4 million New Yorkers who are eligible for food stamps don't receive them, leaving over $1 billion in federal funds unclaimed every year.
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