the New York State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the new name for the food stamp program, issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used like cash at authorized retail food stores. Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income, assets and other factors.

How to Apply for Food Stamps in New York:

There are two ways in which you can apply:

  1. Apply online (Click on the “Apply for Benefits” button in the bottom right).
  2. Apply by mail, fax or in person (New York SNAP Application. After you’ve filled out the application, mail, fax or submit the application in person to your Nearest SNAP offce

Eligibility:

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of New York. If your income (based on your family size) is less than or equal to the amounts in the charts below, you may be eligible for SNAP benefits.
You also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $15,171
2 $20,449
3 $25,727
4 $31,005
5 $36,283
6 $41,561
7 $46,839
8 $52,117

*For households with more than eight people, add $5,278 per additional person.
If your household’s gross income is below these amounts, it does not ensure that you will be eligible for a benefit. A SNAP budget must be calculated for your household in order to determine eligibility and benefit amount. The only way to determine if your household is eligible for SNAP benefits is to apply. To find out if you are eligible for SNAP benefits and other benefit programs, visit www.myBenefits.ny.gov to use the pre-screening tool and apply online for SNAP.

More Information:

Answers to many commonly asked questions about SNAP can be found here our website.
For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should contact the USDA SNAP hotline number at:
1-800-221-5689