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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) | NYC Human Resources Administration

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Get help paying for groceries with SNAP. SNAP benefits are sometimes called food stamps. They come on a debit card that you can use at many grocery stores and farmers markets.

  • The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 temporarily expands SNAP College student eligibility rules by amending the allowable exemptions to the work requirement in 2 additional ways:
    • College students eligible to participate in state or federal work-study, regardless of whether they are actively employed or participating in work-study may be eligible for SNAP
    • College students with “expected family contributions” of $0 may be eligible for SNAP, if otherwise eligible.
  • You can apply for Cash Assistance, SNAP, and Medicaid Renewal all at the same time through the Cash Assistance application on ACCESS HRA.
  • If you are eligible, you will receive your benefits within 30 days
  • You must be a US citizen or have satisfactory immigration status to receive SNAP; a worker will help you determine your status when you apply
  • Requires proof of identity, where you live, and income
  • You can allow someone who knows your household situation apply for you
  • Apply online, in person, by fax, or by mail
  • You may have to complete an interview after you submit your application. An HRA worker will call you if they need more information.
  • All NYCHA residents and SNAP (food stamp) recipients who are 16 years and older are eligible for a discounted Citi Bike memberships. For $5 per month, you’ll get unlimited 45-minute rides and access to thousands of bikes across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Jersey City.

Who is eligible

This program looks at several things to decide if you are eligible. They include:

  • how much money you earn
  • how much money you receive from benefits
  • how many people are in your house
  • your citizenship or immigration status

What you need to apply

To be found eligible for SNAP you will need to prove the following:

  • Your identity: such as a photo ID, driver’s license, passport, naturalization certificate, or hospital records.
  • Where you live: such as a statement from your landlord, current rent receipt, lease, or mortgage records.
  • Your income (if any): such as a recent pay stub, business records, current tax return, or an Unemployment Insurance Benefit statement.
  • Citizenship or immigration status: such as your birth certificate, U.S. passport, or military service records.
    • Receiving SNAP will not affect your immigration case or lead to deportation.

See the SNAP document guide to see what else you can use as proof.

How to apply

There are a number of ways you can apply for SNAP:

You can apply for Cash Assistance, SNAP, and Medicaid Renewal all at the same time through the Cash Assistance application on ACCESS HRA.

How to get help

Other Food Programs

Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP)

NYC Human Resources Administration

Get emergency food now

Quickly find food pantries and community kitchens that provide free food.

Summer Meals

NYC Department of Education

Breakfast & lunch in the summer

New Yorkers can get free breakfast and lunch this summer at 400 locations in NYC.

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

NYS Department of Health

Healthy food for families

Free healthy food, counseling about healthy eating, breastfeeding support, and referrals for women, infants, and children under five.

Updated April 9, 2021