SNAP Policy & Advocacy

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps nearly than 3 million New Yorkers feed their families each month.

SNAP reduces hunger, improves nutrition, responds to crisis, supports work, lifts millions of people out of poverty, and bolsters local economies.


Raise Your Voices to Defend SNAP: Congress Should Use Senate Farm Bill as Basis for Final Bill



Farm Bill & SNAP in NY: What’s at Stake and How to Take Action

2018 Farm Bill 101

Learn about the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization, it’s impacts on SNAP and NYS, and download our Farm Bill fact sheet

New York Congressional District Data Sheets

Find SNAP stats and info individualized for all NYS Congressional districts in a printable pdf format.


The Proposed Public Charge Rule

The Trump Administration announced a proposed public charge rule that would greatly undercut efforts to address food insecurity and poverty by making it harder for immigrant families to access a range of nutrition, health, and housing benefits that are essential to our nation’s health and well-being. Get the latest updates, resources and actions you can take on the proposed Public Charge rule, plus a link to submit public comments—due December 10.


The Food Bank for New York City has created maps and data tables that look at SNAP in NYS from several different perspectives and provide county by county data.

Two of these fact sheets look at the number of meals missing by county and also by per person by county. This is referred to as the Meal Gap, which is New York City’s official measurement of food insecurity. It represents the meals missing from the homes of families and individuals struggling with food insecurity – that is when a families food budget falls too short to secure adequate, nutritious food year round.

The other two fact sheets look at the economic impact of SNAP on grocers and retailers by county and SNAP participation by county.

These are helpful tools to highlight and educate your members of Congress and your community about the importance of SNAP in NYS and the plight of hungry families.



  • SNAP is our nation’s primary nutrition assistance program, providing monthly benefits to purchase food for all who meet program rules
  • SNAP responds quickly and effectively to support low-income families in times of increased need and disaster
  • SNAP benefits are targeted according to need; benefits are provided on a card that can only be used at approved locations to purchase food
  • In New York State, the average SNAP benefit is $1.52 per person per meal


SNAP Invested in Janetlyn.

SNAP made a huge impact on Janetlyn’s life.


SNAP Prescreening Guide

Download this invaluable tool for community organizations that work with SNAP consumers


Visit our repository of information and tools explaining SNAP time limits for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents

SNAP Policy Updates

Find the latest updates to SNAP policy here

SNAP Replacement Benefits

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

October 1 Eligibility/Budgeting Changes

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

SNAP and Seniors

Information and outreach tools geared toward older adults


If Congress Changes Food Stamp (SNAP) Requirements, Kids Will Go Hungry

This New York Times Opinion piece written by three professors who have studied child hunger for five years in North Carolina starting in 2012.    In 2016, children in 3.1 million households experienced food insecurity at some point during the year. Whether temporary...


A Closer Look: Who Benefits From SNAP In New York

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program as of December 2017; SNAP was helping 43 million low-income Americans to afford a nutritionally adequate diet. This fact sheet by the Center on Budget and Policy...

Most Working-Age SNAP Participants Work, But Often in Unstable Jobs

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has released a new set of materials around SNAP and Work.  This new analysis finds that SNAP helps workers to both supplement low wages and supports them when they are between jobs. Read the Issue Brief Read the full Report...