The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the state’s largest nutrition assistance program, helping more than 2.5 million New Yorkers put food on their table each month.
How it works
SNAP helps New Yorkers buy food. SNAP provides monthly benefits on an Electronic Benefit Card (EBT) to spend at local grocery stores and farmers’ markets. Benefits are calculated based on factors such as the number of people living in the home, income, and expenses.
To be eligible, a household must meet income and residency requirements. There are additional requirements for certain populations to receive SNAP.
SNAP Facts in NYS
or 1 in 7 people in NYS relied on SNAP to put food on their tables in 2021.
of SNAP participants are families with children. (2019)
per person per meal is provided by SNAP benefits in NYS in 2021
Congressional District Data Sheets
TOOLS FOR YOU TO USE
SNAP Prescreening Guide
An Eligibility Prescreening Guide. Download this invaluable tool for community organizations that work with SNAP consumers.
SNAP Replacement Benefits
Learn about the process for requesting SNAP replacement benefits due to flooding, power outages or other misfortunes.
Oct 1 Budgeting Updates
Each October, SNAP standards and deductions are adjusted. Use these updated tools and resources to estimate SNAP benefit amounts for eligible families.
SNAP and Seniors
Information, tools, and resources to help seniors (age 60+) apply for and maintain SNAP benefits.
SNAP SPECIAL ELIGIBILITY RULES
Expanded Eligibility for Students
Recent changes in SNAP policy have expanded SNAP eligibility to thousands of low-income NYS students.
Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (Cat El)
Households with gross incomes between 130% and 200% of the federal poverty line (FPL) – but whose costs for shelter, utilities, and child care, render their net incomes at or below 100% FPL – can qualify for SNAP.
Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD)
Childless adults aged 18 to 49, referred to in SNAP regulations as ABAWD, are normally subject to a time limit. The ABAWD time limit rule is currently suspended in all counties in NYS through February 29, 2024.
SNAP & Immigrants
View SNAP policies, information, and issues related to immigrants:
SNAP POLICY AND FEDERAL RULE CHANGES
SNAP Scam Alerts: EBT Card Skimming and Phishing Scams Impacting SNAP Recipients in NYS
White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health
Shop Online Using SNAP
Revised Thrifty Food Plan Helps Millions of SNAP Participants Afford a Healthy, Nutritious Diet
We can help
We can provide you with information on SNAP policies, along with tools and resources to help you improve access to SNAP for those you serve. We also provide:
- Statewide and localized data on SNAP participation and food insecurity
- Information and materials to help your education or advocacy efforts
- Opportunities to partner with our NOEP program to expand local SNAP outreach.
Contact Dawn Secor, SNAP Policy Specialist, for assistance.
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