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
Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (Cat El)
SNAP Cat El allows households who have gross incomes between 130% and 200% of the federal poverty line – but whose costs for other basics like shelter, utilities, and child care, render their net incomes at or below 100% of the federal poverty line – to qualify for a SNAP benefit.
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. SNAP offices in NYS are not to impose the ABAWD three-month time limit rule through September 30, 2023.
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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