Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

What is SNAP?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal government program that issues electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food. Formerly known as “food stamps”, SNAP helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), as well as low-income working people and senior citizens, feed their families

How does SNAP work?

You must apply for participation in SNAP. Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income and other factors. SNAP benefits can help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) put healthy food on their table, as SNAP monthly benefits can be used to purchase food at authorized retail food stores.

SNAP benefits are provided through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, similar to a bank debit card or credit card. If you are eligible, an EBT account is set up for you, and every month your benefits will be deposited right into your account.

How do you know if you’re eligible for SNAP?

To be eligible for SNAP you must apply in the state in which you currently live and you must meet certain requirements, including resource and income limits.

There are special SNAP rules for households with elderly or disabled members.

How do you enroll in SNAP?

Because each state has a different application form and process, a member of your household must contact your state agency directly to apply. You can contact your state agency by visiting your local SNAP office, visiting your state agency’s website, or calling your state’s toll-free SNAP Information hotline.

NYS SNAP website:

To find the address and phone number of your county SNAP office:

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