The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues electronic benefits you can be use to buy 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.
The NYS myBenefits website explains the SNAP Program and answers many questions about the program.
You can also answer some questions online to help see if you qualify.
The SNAP website may also let you know if you appear to be eligible for any other assistance programs.
You can get an application:
- By phone: (518) 447-2551
- In person: 162 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY
- Online: NYS myBenefits
Submit your application to us:
- By fax (518) 447-7004
- In person or by mail
162 Washington Avenue, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12210.
- An interview is required but this can be done over the phone.
For a phone interview, please write your daytime phone number on the application.
- You may have a face to face interview if you choose.
- The more information you supply with your application (see "What proof do you need?" section below), the less time the interview will take.
We will need proof of:
- Identification/Citizenship or Alien Status, if questionable
- Income for all household members who live and eat with you
This includes income from wages, and unearned income sources such as unemployment benefits, child support, social security benefits, etc.
- Address and shelter expenses
Proof of how much rent/mortgage you pay, property and school taxes, home owners insurance, etc.
- Heating Costs
Proof of what type of fuel you use to heat your home
- Student Status
Required for students age 16 and older
- Dependent Care Expenses
Proof of how much you pay for day care)
- If you submit some or all of the proof with your application, it may speed up the interview process.
- We may request additional information depending on the interview and your circumstances.
- If you did not submit the documentation with your application, we will send you a request for the needed documentation after we conduct the interview.
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.