Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Eligibility
SNAP is a federally funded program administered by local Social Services for the United State Department of Agriculture. Eligibility is based on income and resource standards for family size and life situation, and there are work requirements for some people. Owning a home is not an issue, and there are no liens put on residential property.
The benefit is issued on a monthly basis and is designed to supplement the household's food needs. SNAP benefits are not allowed to be used for the purchase of food that is hot at the point of sale, tobacco, alcohol, paper products, pet food, or medications.
The benefit is accessed by an Electronic Benefits Card and a personal (PIN) identification number at an approved retail site and functions as a debit card.
Free Summer Meals For Children
18 and under
Contact the New York State Growing Up Healthy Hotline at
1-800-552-5006 or visit NYS Growing Up Healthy
Apply for SNAP
Applications may be made by mail, in person, or electronically at the MyBenefits website. An interview and documentation is required for all applications. The interview can be done in person or over the phone, and the documentation can be delivered in person, by mail, or by fax. Expedited Food Stamp benefits may be issued within five working days if you are eligible.