Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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Overview

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food. SNAP helps low-income working people, senior citizens, the disabled and others feed their families. Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income and other factors.

Benefits

SNAP benefits can help you put healthy food on the table. 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.

Maximum SNAP Benefit Allowances
Household Size Maximum Allotment*
1 $ 194
2 $ 357
3 $ 511
4 $ 649
5 $ 771
6 $ 925
7 $ 1,022
8 $ 1,169
For each additional member $ 146 +

* These figures are based upon SNAP Standards effective October 1, 2015.

Note: A SNAP budget must be calculated for your household in order to determine SNAP eligibility and benefit amount.

Eligibility

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.

  • 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.

Gross income means a household's total, non-excluded income, before any deductions have been made such as taxes or other withholdings. Net income means gross income minus allowable deductions.

Income Guidelines for Households without Earned Income (no elderly or disabled member)
Family Size Monthly Gross Income* Annual Gross Income*
1 $ 1,276 $ 15,312
2 $ 1,726 $ 20,712
3 $ 2,177 $ 26,124
4 $ 2,628 $ 31,536
Each additional person $ 451 + $ 5,412 +

Chart information is based upon SNAP Standards effective October 1, 2015.

Income Guidelines for Households with Earned Income (no elderly or disabled member)
Family Size Monthly Gross Income* Annual Gross Income*
1 $ 1,472 $ 17,664
2 $1,992 $23,904
3 $2,512 $30,144
4 $3,032 $36,384
Each additional person $520 + $6,240 +

Chart information is based upon SNAP Standards effective October 1, 2015.

Income Guidelines for Households with an Elderly or Disabled Member and Households with Dependent Care Expenses
Family Size Monthly Gross Income* Annual Gross Income*
1 $ 1,962 $ 23,544
2 $ 2,655 $ 31,860
3 $ 3,348 $ 40,176
4 $ 4,042 $ 48,504
Each additional person $ 693 + $ 8,316 +

Chart information is based upon SNAP Standards effective October 1, 2015.

What if I have savings?

Most households applying for SNAP no longer have to pass a savings/resource test in order to get SNAP benefits. This means that the household's assets (stocks, savings and retirement accounts, etc.) are not considered when determining eligibility.

Recertification

If you already get SNAP benefits in New York State, as long as you do not also get Temporary Assistance (cash) benefits, you can recertify (renew your benefits) without coming into the social services office. At the end of recertification period, you will receive a recertification packet that includes a SNAP application.

There are three important steps in the recertification process:

  1. You must submit a Recertification application before you can be interviewed and recertified. You can submit your SNAP Recertification application by mail, from your home by using the internet (www.myBenefits.ny.gov), by fax, or in person at your local department of social services.
  2. After you submit your application, you must be interviewed.
  3. After your interview, you may be asked to submit additional documents related to your income or circumstances.

Contact

For more information about SNAP, contact your local department of social services or call the toll-free OTDA Hotline: 1-800-342-3009.

To find out the location and phone number of your nearest SNAP office, contact your local department of social services.

Nondiscrimination Statement (Aviso sobre Normas Antidiscriminatorias)

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.

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