Money to buy food

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

1. How it Works

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

More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the SNAP website to learn more about this program.

Call 311

Ask for SNAP.

Call the SNAP Infoline

Call the SNAP Infoline at 718-557-1399 for more information.

Visit a SNAP Center or Community Organization

Find a SNAP center near you.

Find your local community-based organization.

2. Determine 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.

Take a short survey to see if you might be eligible for this or 30 other programs.

3. What you need to include

It’s important to include the right documents when you apply. Your documents show whether the program is right for you.

This page can help you choose the right documents for your application.

Proof of who you are

For each person applying, any one document:

  • Driver license or official photo ID
  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Baptismal certificate or another religious certificate
  • Social Security Card for dependents
  • Social security Card or ITIN
  • Marriage records
  • Medicaid card
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Official birth records
  • Official school records
  • Adoption records
  • Other official record showing birth date

Proof of where you live

Proof of your income

Proof of your expenses

Proof of citizenship/immigration status

Proof of your resources

Proof of your disability status

Proof of school attendance

Proof of having health insurance

Proof of paid or unpaid Medical bills

Proof of your non-custodial parent information

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

  1. Go to ACCESS HRA.
  2. Create an ACCESS HRA account or log in to an existing one.
  3. Fill out the SNAP application and submit it.
  4. Send your documents to HRA in one of the following ways.
    1. Scan your documents using the NYC HRA Document Upload app available for free on the iTunes Store (for iPhones) or the GooglePlay Store (for Android phones).
    2. Mail copies of your documents to: PO Box 29008, Brooklyn, NY, 11202-9816.
    3. Take your documents to your local Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to submit to HRA.
  5. After you submit your application, you will be contacted to do an eligibility interview. You can do your interview over the telephone without having to come into a SNAP center.
  6. You can check the status of your application by going to ACCESS HRA.
  7. You will need to recertify for SNAP once every year. The SNAP office will mail you a recertification packet for you to complete and mail back to HRA or recertify online on ACCESS HRA. Once you submit your recertification, you will be able to set up your preferred interview date and time by calling the On Demand interview phone line at 718-SNAP-Now (718-762-7669).

Apply online

Apply by mail

  1. Print a paper application, pick one up from a SNAP Center, or call the HRA Infoline at 718-557-1399 to have a paper application mailed to you.
  2. Mail the application and copies of your documents to:
    Division of SNAP Services, Mail Application & Referral Unit (MARU),
    P.O.Box 24510
    Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Download the form

Apply by phone

You can also fax your competed application to 917-639-1111.

Apply in person

  1. Print a paper application, pick one up from a SNAP Center, or call the HRA Infoline at 718-557-1399 to have a paper application mailed to you.
  2. Gather the documents you’ll need to include with your application.
  3. Drop your completed application off at a SNAP Center near you. You can make copies of your documents at the center.
  4. You can also apply for SNAP at a community-based organization (CBO) in your neighborhood. Experts can help you submit your application, and the necessary documents.

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the SNAP website to learn more about this program.

Call 311

Ask for SNAP.

Call the SNAP Infoline

Call the SNAP Infoline at 718-557-1399 for more information.

Visit a SNAP Center or Community Organization

Find a SNAP center near you.

Find your local community-based organization.

Updated February 9, 2018