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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps) is a federal program available to help individuals and families, both employed and unemployed meet their food needs. You can use food stamp benefits at food retailers that accept the benefit including supermarkets, bodegas, small grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, and even farmers’ markets throughout NYC. You pay for food purchases with an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card, the food card, which works just like a bank issued debit card.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship/Immigration Status: U.S. citizen or

  • Immigrants who may be eligible:

    • Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR): children under 18 years old and adults who have lived in the country for 5 years as an LPR;

    • Individuals receiving disability-related assistance or benefits, regardless of date of entry into the United States;

    • Children regardless of date of entry into the United States;

    • Refugees and asylees; or

    • Adults who are unable to document their own legal status may apply on behalf of their children.

      Many other immigrants may be eligible.

  • Income: Please see chart below for income levels.
 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Annual, Monthly and Weekly Gross Income Levels*

This chart is only a guide. Individuals should see an HRA enrollment counselor for eligibility screening.
 
Family SizeYearly IncomeMonthly IncomeWeekly Income
1$14,521$1,211$279
2$19,669$1,640$378
3$24,817$2,069$477
4$29,965$2,498

$576

5$35,113$3,356$675
For each additional person add:$5,148$429$99
* Certain deductions are allowed. Please see an enrollment counselor for additional program information and requirements.
NOTE: Chart effective October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013.
 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits
This chart is only a guide. Individuals should see an HRA enrollment counselor for eligibility screening.
 
Family SizeMaximum Monthly Food Stamp Benefit
1$200
2$367
3$526
4$668
5$793
For each additional person add:$150
NOTE: Chart effective October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013.
 

How to Enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Required Documentation

  • For detailed information on the New York State food stamp program requirements and how to apply visit the Human Resources Administration

  • You can call 311 or click here to find out where you can go to enroll in your neighborhood.

    For more information on applying for the food stamps program, visit FoodBank for New York City, a non-profit agency which helps individuals and families apply for food stamps and other work support benefits.

    For detailed information on the food stamp program requirements and more detailed immigration eligibility information visit the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

    To find a food service provider (food pantry, soup kitchen, or senior center), call 311. You can also visit Food For Survival, the Foodbank for New York City.

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