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.
- 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.
- You can allow someone who knows your household situation to apply for you.
- You may have to complete an interview after you submit your application. An HRA worker will call you if they need more information.
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
Students in college who are at least half time and meet criteria may be eligible. Learn more about eligibility for college students from NY State.
What you need to apply
See the SNAP document guide to see the documents you’ll need.
How to apply
There are many ways you can apply for SNAP:
- Apply online using ACCESS HRA. You can apply for Cash Assistance, SNAP, and Medicaid Renewal all at the same time.
- Apply in person at any SNAP Center or at a participating community-based organization (CBO).
- If you are applying for Cash Assistance, you may apply for SNAP Benefits at the same time at an HRA Job Center.
- Apply by mail or fax: download the application or call the HRA Infoline at 718-557-1399 to have an application mailed to you. Fax your competed application to 917-639-1111 or mail it to:
Division of SNAP Services, Mail Application & Referral Unit (MARU)
P.O. Box 24510
Brooklyn, NY, 11201
How to get help
- Visit the SNAP website to find out more information.
- Call the HRA Infoline at 718-557-1399 for help applying for SNAP.
- Visit a SNAP center or your local Community-Based Organization (CBO) to get help in person.
Other Food Programs
Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP)
NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA)
Get emergency food now
Free food from food pantries and community kitchens.
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
NYS Department of Health (NYS DOH)
Healthy food for families
Free healthy food, counseling about healthy eating, breastfeeding support, and referrals for women, infants, and children under five.
NYC Department of Education (DOE)
Free school breakfast and lunch
NYC students can enjoy free breakfast and lunch every school day.
Updated January 30, 2023