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.
Need to return documents for your application? Here's a list of community partners who can help:
You can can also submit documents using the ACCESS HRA app.
Beginning March 1, 2018, NEW SNAP clients no longer have to wait for DSS/HRA to call them at a scheduled time to complete their interview. After they submit their application, clients can now call DSS/HRA at 718-SNAP-NOW (718-762-7669) anytime between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday, for an "on-demand" interview, which will reduce the uncertainty of applying for SNAP and give clients more flexibility. On-demand interviews are now available for all SNAP clients citywide.
Here are some SNAP Frequently Asked Questions.
Instructions for recertifying for SNAP via phone (BRC-901D):
Recertifying for SNAP via IVRS (BRC-901C):
Visit our Food Assistance map for locations of food pantries and community kitchens in the five boroughs.
SNAP Need to Know Brochure (BRC-100):
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.
Visit Foodhelp.nyc for a map of food assistance locations.
Want to work with HRA to provide food assistance? Find information on becoming a food provider.
You may be able to get Expedited Processing if:
For more information call HRA's Infoline at 718-557-1399.
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.