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About SNAP/ Food Benefits

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) provides food assistance for more than 1.7 million low-income New Yorkers, including families, the elderly, and the disabled. The program can help you feed your family and afford fresh and healthy food.

SNAP benefits come on a pre-filled debit card. You can spend your SNAP benefits at many locations, including supermarkets, most farmers markets and some Green Carts.

Many people don’t know they are eligible for SNAP benefits. For example, guardians who are not eligible for SNAP benefits themselves can apply on behalf of their children. Seniors on fixed incomes may be eligible for help affording healthy foods. The only way to know is to apply. You can own your own home or car, have money saved, or be an immigrant, and still be eligible for SNAP benefits. Each application is evaluated on an individual basis.

If your application is approved, you will receive SNAP benefits within 30 days of when you submitted your application. In some cases, emergency benefits can be issued within five days.

Applying is Easy

To apply online, click below to get to NYC.gov/ACCESSNYC. You can also download an application, pick one up at any SNAP center, or call HRA Infoline at 718-557-1399 to have an application mailed to you.

You can also obtain a SNAP Benefit application from the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s web site.

If you need help applying, you can go to a community organization that works with us or an HRA center. You can find the location nearest you on our Food Map.

What items can be purchased with SNAP Benefits?

  • Food or food products (except for pet food)
  • Food-producing seeds and plants to grow at home
  • Baby formula, diabetic and diet foods
  • Edible items used in cooking, such as herbs and spices
  • Snack foods

What items cannot be purchased with SNAP Benefits?

  • Prepared hot foods in grocery stores
  • Any prepared food (hot or cold) sold and meant to be eaten at the store
  • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco
  • Cleaning products, paper products, toiletries, and cooking utensils
  • Pet supplies
  • Items for food preservation such as canning jars and lids, freezer containers, or food wrapping paper
  • Medicines, vitamins or minerals
  • Items for gardening such as fertilizer and peat moss

Tip: If you go to your local SNAP Center to pick up an application, you have the right to submit your application the same day, and you will be screened to see if you qualify for Expedited Processing of your application.

For more information or other assistance, call the HRA Infoline at 718-557-1399.

Food pantries and community kitchens are located throughout the five boroughs. If you need food immediately, find locations near you by using our Food Map.

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political belief, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964  (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Apply for Benefits At ACCESSNYC
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