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

Food Everyone

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, some programs are limiting services or offering them over the phone. For the most up-to-date information, please contact programs directly using the information below. To learn more about support for COVID-19 impacts, visit our Coronavirus Updates page

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.

  • 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 will have to complete an interview after you submit your application
  • SNAP recipients in New York City ages 16 and over are eligible for 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. Enter your EBT card number to verify your eligibility.


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

With a few questions, we can help you find out if you may be eligible.

What will I 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.


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


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Updated March 31, 2020