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New York State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits

Program Description

Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the New York State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the new name for the food stamp program, 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. If your income (based on your family size) is less than or equal to the amounts in the charts below, you may be eligible for SNAP benefits.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $15,301
2 $20,709
3 $26,117
4 $31,525
5 $36,933
6 $42,341
7 $47,749
8 $53,157
If your household's gross income is below these amounts, it does not ensure that you will be eligible for a benefit. A SNAP budget must be calculated for your household in order to determine eligibility and benefit amount. The only way to determine if your household is eligible for SNAP benefits is to apply. To find out if you are eligible for SNAP benefits and other benefit programs, visit to use the pre-screening tool and apply online for SNAP.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Apply Online - You may apply for SNAP using the internet if you live in New York State by going to After your application is filed, the local Department of Social Services or SNAP office will review your information, conduct an interview, and determine your household's eligibility for SNAP.

Apply by mail, fax or in person - You may apply by filing an application by mail, fax, or in person at your local Department of Social Services or SNAP office. The current SNAP application form is available to print in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Korean and Russian at:

To find out the location of your nearest SNAP office, contact your local Department of Social Services:

Program Contact Information

Answers to many commonly asked questions about SNAP can be found on our website:
For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should contact the USDA SNAP hotline number at: 1-800-221-5689