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.


  • 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

New York Congressional District Data Sheets

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


The Proposed ABAWD Rule

Federal law already requires that states limit SNAP eligibility to just three months out of every three years for unemployed and underemployed adults without dependent children unless they can document 20 hours of work a week.

Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed to make those time limits even harsher. USDA’s proposed rule would undercut states’ ability to waive these harsh time limits in many areas where there are too few jobs. The USDA’s estimates its proposal would eliminate SNAP benefits for an additional 755,000 adults and cut SNAP benefits on a ten-year basis by $15 billion.


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.


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

The Farm Bill

Find information about the Farm Bill 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


Hunger Solutions New York and SNAP in the News

Hunger Solutions New York and SNAP in the News Business Insider The government shutdown is forcing millions of Americans to stretch their monthly food benefits to the limit Sherry Tomasky, Director of Communications and Public Affairs speaks with Mariana Alfaro about...

After Bipartisan Farm Bill, USDA Rule Threatens New Yorkers

Following the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s release of a new proposal to make it harder for people who are struggling to find steady work to use the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), Sherry Tomasky, Director of Communications and Public...



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....

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...