Need to return or submit documents? You can submit documents in the following ways:
This guide gives examples of documents you can use to give proof of information we need to decide on help for you. This guide doesn't mention every type of document. Other documents may be used, even if not on the list.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as "food stamps") provides food assistance for nearly 1.8 million low-income New Yorkers including families, people who are aging and people with disabilities. The program helps families and individuals supplement the cost of their diet with nutritious foods.
All Cash Assistance and SNAP applicants that have been approved for benefits will receive an EBT card in the mail. If your EBT card has not yet arrived, you can go to the Brooklyn OTC site for your permanent card, or one of seven open center locations for a temporary card that will have all benefits available until the EBT card arrives. Please see this list of locations.
Regarding case inquiries, HRA requires submitting a Client Consent Form to verify a client's consent before releasing case information to a third party.
Please be aware that unscrupulous individuals may use COVID-19 as an opportunity to create a scam in order to steal your personal information. Learn more about this Potential Fraud Scam Alert and other EBT Scams Alerts.
View the Protect Your Benefits - Skimming Flyer (FLY-1095) in:
Simplified SNAP Application/Recertification Form Now Available for Seniors and New Yorkers with Disabilities (LDSS-5166):
A simplified SNAP application/recertification form is now available for households where every person is age 60 or older, or has a disability, and no one in the household has earned income. You can download the simplified form below or request an application/recertification kit be mailed to you by calling Infoline at 718-557-1399.
Need to return documents for your application? Here's a list of community partners who can help:
You can also submit documents using the ACCESS HRA app.
Looking for a helpful overview to the SNAP application process?
View the Interactive version:
View Large Print version:
View Screen Reader version:
Listen to Audio version:
View the SUNY/CUNY/EOC Student Verification of Enrollment Form (LDSS-5172) in:
Instructions for recertifying for SNAP via phone (BRC-901E):
Recertifying for SNAP via IVRS (BRC-1051):
Still have questions? View our SNAP Frequently Asked Questions.
Once you submit your online SNAP application or your recertification, call 718-SNAP-NOW (718-762-7669) anytime between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday to complete your interview. Please remember to upload your documents using the ACCESS HRA app.
Did you know that you can now use your Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to shop online for fresh produce and groceries? Learn more.
You may be able to get Expedited Processing if:
For more information call HRA's Infoline at 718-557-1399.
For information about emergency food program locations and hours of operation please call the Emergency FoodLine at 866-888-8777. This is an automated hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Check out our Food Assistance Locator for a map of food assistance locations.
Want to work with HRA to provide food assistance? Find information on becoming a food provider.
During the COVID-19 emergency, there are new rules for the SNAP program which will allow more college students to get benefits.
*Your EFC is found in your Student Aid Report and it is calculated based on information provided in your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
These new SNAP eligibility rules will last until one month after the public health emergency from COVID-19 is officially lifted. If you are able to get benefits thanks to these new rules, your benefits will last until your next recertification even if the public health emergency is ended first.
Health Bucks is a seasonal program that allows SNAP recipients to earn $2 coupons for every $5 spent on their EBT cards at farmer's markets. Learn more about the program, which is run jointly with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
If you receive SNAP or Cash Assistance, you may qualify for a $50 per month discount on your mobile or fixed broadband internet service, along with a one-time $100 discount for purchasing a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer. To apply, visit getemergencybroadband.org.