Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

 

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is our nation’s primary nutrition assistance program, stretching the monthly food budgets of all who meet program guidelines. 

Currently, SNAP benefits help more than 3 million New Yorkers feed their families each month, bringing billions of federal dollars into local economies.

How It Works

Monthly benefits are automatically deposited in participants’ accounts. Using a special debit card, participants can buy most foods and food-producing seeds or plants from participating stores and farmers' markets. SNAP benefits are free to those who meet eligibility and application requirements. 

Eligibility

Eligibility and benefit amounts for SNAP vary based on household size, income, expenses and other factors. SNAP has special eligibility rules for households that contain a senior or disabled member, which may increase monthly benefit amounts. 

Investing in Our Communities

When consumers make purchases using SNAP benefits, it has an economic ripple effect. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), every $5 in SNAP food purchases generates more than $9 in economic activity. In 2015, New Yorkers spent more than $5 billion in SNAP benefits across the state.

SNAP benefits also help farmers. In fiscal year 2014, approximately $18.7 million in SNAP benefits was used at farmers’ markets.

Funding

In New York State, SNAP is funded and governed by the USDA and administered by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, local county Departments of Social Services, and the Human Resources Administration in New York City. 

How to Apply

The Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP)

Hunger Solutions New York manages NOEP, which offers free, confidential services to connect hungry New Yorkers with nutrition assistance programs, including SNAP. NOEP is available in most counties across the state and in all New York City boroughs. To find a NOEP near you, visit www.foodhelpny.org.        

The Long Island Anti-Hunger Initiative (LIAH)

Hunger Solutions New York is a partner in this Long Island-specific project that helps residents in Nassau and Suffolk Counties apply for SNAP benefits. For more information, visit www.foodhelpLI.org

MyBenefits.NY.gov

MyBenefits is New York State’s quick and easy website that helps determine if you might be eligible for a variety of nutrition assistance and work support programs.

Get more details about SNAP and read the Nondiscrimination Statement

SNAP Stats
  • 436,000
    NYS working families use SNAP to put food on the table.
  • $4.9B+
    SNAP dollars spent by New Yorkers in 2016, helping to strengthen our local economies.
  • 2.8M
    New York State residents faced food insecurity in 2015.