Apply For New York Food Stamps Program

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About New York Food Stamps Program

There are the families and the individuals all across the globe that are not having the right income resources to finance their food needs in an appropriate manner on a monthly basis. New York also has many of such families and individuals who find themselves in trouble, every month, to fill up their grocery cart with the basic food products. For such individuals and the families, the SNAP program is issuing an EBT (electronic benefit transfer) card which works like a perfect replacement to the cash to buy different food products with the monthly food benefits that are transferred by the government to the card. The purpose of this food support program is to help the low-income households/individuals, disabled persons, senior citizens, and the others who qualify for this program with the monthly food benefits to help them live a healthy life.

Eligibility Requirements For New York SNAP Program

Like any other assistance program, the SNAP program also has some eligibility requirements that are crafted to ensure that the benefits are only transferred to the deserving families or the individuals. Hence, an applicant or a household that is applying for this food assistance program must meet the eligibility requirements that are set by the government to screen the right applicants. First of all, it is mandatory that the applicant and the every single household member who wants to get the food benefits must be a resident of the New York. Alongside that, the income of the applicant needs to be equal or less than the amounts allowed by the state (we will take a look at that data chart right below). You should know that the income of the applicant is based on his family size and if the income requirements are met by the household, then he can be considered eligible for the program. However, the income limits are not the only requirement that can ensure you the qualification or disqualification as there are also some other factors involved in the eligibility determination.

The only authentic way to know that whether or not you are eligible for the SNAP is to apply for the program. Everyone in the New York has the right to apply for this program. Here are the income guidelines for the households without the earned income:

Household MembersMonthly Gross IncomeAnnual Gross Income
For Every Additional Person+ $451+ $5,412

Here are the income guidelines set by the government for the households with the earned income:

Household MembersMonthly Gross IncomeAnnual Gross Income
For Every Additional Person+ $520+ $6,240

Here are the income guidelines for the households having disabled or elderly members and the households with the dependent care expenses:

Household MembersMonthly Gross IncomeAnnual Gross Income
For Every Additional Person+ $693+ $8,316

The information that has been provided in the above charts is based on the SNAP standards that are in effect from the 1st October 2016.

How to Apply for New York Food Stamps Program

When it comes to applying for the New York Food Stamps program, then there are three different ways by which you can achieve this goal. You can either apply online, in person, or by mail or fax. Here is how you can submit your New York SNAP application through the available methods:

Online Application

To apply online, you are required to perform the below-mentioned steps:

  • Visit the official website for online application by clicking here.
  • Here, you need to sign in to your account, and if you are visiting this portal for the first time, then you will have to first create an account.
  • Click the “New Users” button that you will find on the right side of your screen in a blue color box.
  • Select your county, and then provide your account information to create the account. Click “Next” and sign in with the account that you have just created.
  • Once you log in, you need to click “Start New Benefits Application” button.
  • Provide your area Zip code, and then click “Next” button.
  • After that, you will be directed to the concerned webpage that is designed to help the households of different counties complete the online application.
  • For example, you might be directed to the ACCESS NYC webpage where you are going to start the online application process.
  • Once the application is started, you will be asked to provide the necessary and optional information about the household members, income, expenses, resources, and the assets, etc. You are also required to provide the social security number of every single household member.
  • After completing the different pages of the application, you can easily submit the online application there.

In Person Application

To apply in person, you just have to visit the Department of Social Services of your county or the SNAP Center. You will get the application form from there, and you can easily complete it there with the help of the SNAP workers there. Submit the application and ask any questions to them, if you have any.

By Mail Or Fax

Download the New York Food Stamps Application from below link. If you have any issues with filling up the application form, then download this document and read the important guidelines from there. Fill out your application form and mail it or fax it to your local office. The contact details where you need to send the application form can be found below.

After you submit your form, you will be asked to get participate in the SNAP eligibility interview. You need to pass the interview, and then the benefits will be provided to you within the 30 days.

Important Links

Contact Information


Phone:                 1-800-342-3009


If you want to get the local SNAP office, then you can get in touch with the local department of the social services, anytime.