The New York Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly called the Food Stamp Program) helps you and your family buy food needed for good health. You can buy food from most grocery stores and other retailers that sell food. If you meet the program guidelines, you will get a special debit card (called an EBT Card). The EBT card comes with a certain amount of money already on it to pay for food. The amount of money you get on the card may depend on three things:
- household income from all sources (earned and unearned) such as money you get from a job, Social Security, SSI, or interest
- how many people live in your household
- where you live
You can use the card at most grocery stores, certain senior centers, and some meal delivery services such as Meals on Wheels. It works just like a regular debit card. You buy your groceries using the card and the cost is taken out of the total amount on the card. More money is put on your EBT card on a monthly basis.
How do I apply?
To apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), you can print and fill out the application form and mail it to your local office. You can also apply by using the online application. Call your State Hotline at (800) 342-3009 (in-state only) or (718) 557-1399 (NYC only)
to see if you can apply by phone.
If you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, the state has created the New York State Nutrition Improvement Project (NYSNIP) to make it easier for you to apply for SNAP. Please contact your local office for more information.