This is a supplemental food program to help stretch the family food budget when purchasing groceries. Only non-taxable food items are allowed for purchase by this program.
Benefits are now accessed via a debit card which is used to purchase approved food. It is accepted at most grocery stores. Benefits are available to most people receiving Temporary Assistance, as well as others with low income. SNAP is operated under regulations set by the US Department of Agriculture and is 100% federally funded.
You can now go to www.MyBenefits.ny.gov. To determine if you are eligible for SNAP click on the “Am I Eligible” tab.
For a brochure on how to use your benefits, click this link:
For additional information go to: http://otda.ny.gov/programs/snap/