The SNAP/food stamp program works like a bank account. Each month, your SNAP/food stamp benefits are put into your account. You are also given a plastic EBT card, which you can use at grocery stores, phamacies that sell food, green markets, co-ops, even COSCO. You use it the same way you might use a bankcard or a credit card.
Coupons for fresh produce through the City’s Health Bucks Program are also available to Food Stamp users at participating New York City farmers markets. The produce coupons increase the value of food stamp benefits by 40% when redeemed at the markets.
Applications for food stamps can be obtained by calling 311 or visiting a local food stamp center. Your local senior center can also be of assistance in applying.