> New York Food Stamp Program
Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the New York State Food Stamp (FS) Program, known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used like cash at authorized retail food stores. Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income, assets and other factors.
General Program Requirements:
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of New York and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than $14,088 if one person lives in the household; $18,948 if two people live in the household; $23,808 if three people live in the household; $28,668 if four people live in the household; $33,527 if five people live in the household; $38,389 if six people live in the household; $43,251 if seven people live in the household; or $48,113 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,872 for each additional person in the home.
These figures based upon October 1, 2009 Federal Poverty Levels. To find out if you are eligible for food stamp benefits and other economic supports, use the pre-screening tool of the following website:
The Food Stamp application can be found at the following location:
There are many ways you can apply for Food Stamps visit:
In many New York State Counties you may also apply online, visit:
Program Contact Information:
Answers to many commonly asked questions about the Food Stamp Program can be found on our website:
For further information about Food Stamps, you may call the Office of Temporary and Disability Services toll-free hotline at 1-800-342-3009 and press ?°1?± for Food Stamps or contact your local department of social services at: