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Governor Larry Hogan – Official Website of the Governor of Maryland

Expands summer SNAP program to support 50,000 children from low-income families and increases monthly SNAP benefit for 27,000 seniors
Increases Support for Food Banks and Launches New Nonprofit Business Acceleration Program

Annapolis, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today announced his budget for fiscal year 2023 will include historic investments in public health, including record funding for local health departments across the state. The budget will also expand support for 50,000 low-income children and 27,000 seniors under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), while providing additional resources to food banks and nonprofit organizations.

“Our budget will make record investments in local health services on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Governor Hogan said. “We also provide essential assistance to support underserved Marylanders and those in need, especially our seniors on fixed incomes and children from low-income families.”

Record funding for local health services. The governor’s budget will commit a record $75 million to local health departments as they continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the state will provide $9.4 million to help local health departments overcome pandemic-related funding shortfalls. Overall, the Hogan administration increased funding for local health departments by 62%.

Additional supplier rate increases. The governor’s budget will commit more than $187 million to fund provider rate increases for behavioral health, developmental disabilities, Medicaid and other services. Every budget under the Hogan administration has increased the rates paid to community service providers for developmental disabilities and behavioral health.

Expansion of Summer SNAP for children. The governor’s budget will commit $1.96 billion in SNAP benefits for more than 390,000 households. An additional $4.8 million is being provided to expand the summer SNAP program – 24 times the mandated level – to provide nutritional benefits to 50,000 children from low-income families during the months when they are not not schooled.

Enhanced SNAP benefits for seniors. The governor’s budget will commit an additional $6.6 million to increase the minimum monthly food supplement benefit for households with seniors by 33%, providing improved benefits to 27,000 seniors. An additional $3 million is being provided to help local organizations connect eligible seniors to programs and services. The state will commit $17.8 million to reduce wait lists for home health care programs, including $10.3 million for senior care; $5.3 million for the Senior Assisted Living Subsidy; and $2.2 million for the Group Housing Services program.

$10 million for food banks. As demand for food banks remains high, the governor’s budget will commit $10 million to support local food banks, including the Maryland Food Bank, Capital Area Food Bank, Food and Friends and Moveable Feast. The state has prioritized food banks for relief throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, providing $17.5 million in federal funds dating back to March 2020.

New Maryland Nonprofit Accelerator Program. The governor’s budget will commit $5 million to launch the Nonprofit Business Acceleration Program, which will help organizations across the state build more back-office capabilities to get started administratively, operate more efficiently, and mobilize additional resources. This program will be administered by Maryland Nonprofits.