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Apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help buy healthy food for you and your family when money is tight.
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What is SNAP?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food. SNAP helps low-income working people, senior citizens, the disabled and others feed their families.

What can I purchase with SNAP?

Food for your household to eat, such as:

  • breads and cereals
  • fruits and vegetables
  • meats, fish and poultry
  • dairy products

You can also purchase seeds and plants, which produce food for your household to eat.

What can’t I purchase with SNAP?

  • beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
  • any nonfood items, such as:
    • pet food
    • soap, paper products
    • household supplies
    • vitamins and medicine
  • food that will be eaten in the store
  • hot foods

How much could I receive in SNAP benefits each month?

Maximum SNAP Benefit Allowances

Family Size

Maximum Allotment

1

$194

2

$357

3

$511

4

$649

5

$771

6

$925

7

$1,022

8

$1,169

For each additional member

$ 146+

Eligibility
Eligibility
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Who is eligible to receive SNAP benefits?

If your gross income, based on family size, is at or below the amounts in the following charts, you may be eligible for SNAP benefits. But, the only way to determine if your household is eligible for SNAP benefits is to apply.

Income Guidelines for Households without Earned Income (no elderly or disabled member)

Family Size

Monthly Gross Income*

Annual Gross Income*

1

$1,287

$15,444

2

$1,736

$20,832

3

$2,184

$26,208

4

$2,633

$31,596

5

$3,081

$36,972

6

$3,530

$42,360

7

$3,980

$47,760

8

$4,430

$53,160

Each additional person

$451

$5,412

 
 *Chart information is based upon SNAP Standards effective October 1, 2016.


Income Guidelines for Households with Earned Income (no elderly or disabled member)

Family Size

Monthly Gross Income*

Annual Gross Income*

1

$ 1,485

$17,820

2

$2,003

$24,036

3

$2,520

$30,240

4

$3,038

$36,456

5

$3,555

$42,660

6

$4,073

$48,876

7

$4,592

$55,104

8

$5,112

$61,344

Each additional person

$520

$6,240

*Chart information is based upon SNAP Standards effective October 1, 2016.

 

Income Guidelines for Households with an Elderly or Disabled Member and Households with Dependent Care Expenses

Family Size

Monthly Gross Income*

Annual Gross Income*

1

$ 1980

$ 23,760

2

$2,670

$32,040

3

$3,360

$40,320

4

$4,050

$48,600

5

$4,740

$56,880

6

$5,430

$65,160

7

$6,122

$73,464

8

$6,815

$81,780

Each additional person

$693

$8,316

*Chart information is based upon SNAP Standards effective October 1, 2016.

What if I have savings?

Most households applying for SNAP no longer have to pass a savings/resource test in order to get SNAP benefits. This means that the household's assets (stocks, savings and retirement accounts, etc.) are not considered when determining eligibility.

What if I don’t know what type of assistance I need?

Check your eligibility for a range of other benefits by answering a few simple questions at https://mybenefits.ny.gov/

What do I do if I am no longer in need of SNAP benefits and want to close my SNAP case?
If you would like to close your SNAP case, you must contact your local Department of Social Services. Please note at this time you cannot request your case closed online.
 
What do I do if my financial circumstances change?
Changes in household circumstances which occur during the SNAP certification period may need to be reported depending on the reporting rules that apply to your household. Please refer to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Change Report Form for information about the change reporting rules that apply to your household or contact your local Department of Social Services if you have further questions.
 
How To
How To
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Refer to this step-by-step process to apply for SNAP:

  1. Gather documents you will need
  2. Log on or register to create an account
  3. Answer a series of questions about your household
  4. Submit your application

Ready? Have with you:

  • Recent pay stubs
  • List of household resources
  • Current rent/mortgage statement
  • Current property tax bill
  • Current homeowner’s insurance bill
  • Social Security card
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Ready to apply for SNAP? You can apply online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Contact
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Call us Monday-Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM

 

1-800-342-3009