If you need help buying food, this program is for you!
Since qualification depends on income, you may qualify even if you’re employed with money in the bank; those who are unemployed, seniors or disabled can also qualify. If you live in a household with people 60+ years of age or disabled, you may be eligible even if you have higher income. Immigrants or their children may also be eligible, regardless of immigration status.
If you previously applied for SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) and were denied, you’re encouraged to apply again! Eligibility requirements change every year—use the table below with the most recent requirements to find out if you qualify:
Income Before Taxes (Effective October 1, 2012)
|Household Size||Monthly Income with No Dependent Care Costs||Monthly Income with Dependent Care Costs||Annual Income with No Dependent Care Costs||Annual Income with Dependent Care Costs||Maximum Monthly Allotment|
|Each additional person:||+$429||+$660||+$5,148||+$7,920||+$150|
Source: New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
Applying for SNAP is easy and convenient—you may be able to apply right in your neighborhood! Depending on your income, you may also be able to get emergency benefits, which are delivered quicker than usual.
Once you receive your SNAP debit card, you can use it locally at participating supermarkets, bodegas, farmers’ markets and co-ops.
To see if you may qualify, call 1-855-692-4322. Representatives speak English, Spanish, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole and Russian.
There are other ways to find out if you may qualify:
- Click here to download a PDF of SNAP (food stamp) offices compiled by the Food Bank For New York City.
- Call 1-212-251-4111 for United Way of New York City’s Food Support Connections; you’ll be connected to a community-based organization that can pre-screen you for eligibility over the phone and help you to apply.
- Click here to download a list of SNAP enrollment sites compiled by Met Council.