SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps)

If you lost food during Hurricane Sandy that was bought through SNAP, there’s help.

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
1 $1,211 $1,862 $14,532 $22,344 $200
2 $1,640 $2,522 $19,680 $30,264 $367
3 $2,069 $3,182 $24,828 $38,184 $526
4 $2,498 $3,842 $29,976 $46,104 $668
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: