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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.

Eligibility

To be eligible, a household must meet income and residency requirements. There are additional requirements for certain populations to receive SNAP.

Need help with SNAP?

Our Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) offers one-on-one help applying for SNAP.

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SNAP Facts in NYS

2,700,000

or 1 in 7 people in NYS relied on SNAP to put food on their tables in 2019.

58

of SNAP participants are families with children. (2018)

1

per person per meal is provided by SNAP benefits in NYS in 2019

9

For every meal provided by Feeding America food banks, SNAP provides 9.

An overview of SNAP in New York State.

SNAP in New York – Who Benefits?

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We’ve created flyers with SNAP facts and statistics individualized to each New York State Congressional District. Download them to use in your community.

Congressional District Data Sheets

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TOOLS FOR YOU TO USE

SNAP Prescreening Guide

An Eligibility Prescreening Guide – October 2020 edition. Download this invaluable tool for community organizations that work with SNAP consumers.

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SNAP Replacement Benefits

Learn about the process for requesting SNAP replacement benefits due to flooding, power outages or other misfortunes.

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October 1 Updates

Tools and resources for community organizations working with SNAP applicants reflecting the Oct 1 adjustments to SNAP standards and deductions.

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SNAP and Seniors

Information and outreach tools geared toward older adults, including NYSNIP guides and tools.

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SNAP SPECIAL ELIGIBILITY RULES

Expanded College Student Eligibility

As of October 1, 2020, a SNAP policy change in NYS expanded the definition of an “eligible student,” allowing low-income students who were ineligible for SNAP to qualify to receive benefits.

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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.

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Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD)

Childless adults between the ages of 18 and 49 are referred to in SNAP regulations as Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD). Beginning October 1, 2020, SNAP offices throughout NYS are not to impose the ABAWD three-month time limit rule.

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SNAP POLICY AND FEDERAL RULE CHANGES

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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