Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

View the COVID-19 Pandemic EBT Food Benefits for the 2020-21 School Year Website

Frequently Asked Questions for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Benefits 

The federal Supplement Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) Program, previously called Food Stamps, is an income based program intended to supplement the food budget of eligible households. SNAP benefits are provided through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. This card is used as a debit card at authorized grocery stores. An EBT account is set up for eligible applicants and every month benefits are deposited to the account. Additional details regarding the SNAP program and eligibility can be viewed in the SNAP Fact Sheet.

Frequently Asked Questions for the Emergency Allotment of SNAP Benefits 

Please note, all SNAP recipients ages 16 to 59 are required to work, unless they meet at least one of the conditions allowed for an exemption. To learn more about the work requirements for the SNAP program, please review the SNAP Work Requirements Fact Sheet. 

More information about SNAP and the SNAP USDA Nondiscrimination Statement can be found online at NY.Gov's website

Information on the OTDA website is accessible in many languages by clicking on translate. 

Detalles adicionales sobre el Programa de SNAP y como calificar se puede encontrar en esta hoja informativa de SNAP-Español.

 Porfavor tener en cuenta que toda persona aplicando para SNAP entre 16 y 59 años de edad deben trabajar, a menos que cumplan una de las condiciones permitidas para una excepcion. Para obtener mas informacion sobre los requisitos de trabajo para el programa de SNAP, porfavor revise la hoja informativa en español de datos y requisitos de trabajo de SNAP. 


Once you fill out this SNAP Application you can be submit it online. If you are unable to apply online, applications completed in person at our office, or you may request an application be mailed to you by calling (315) 946-4881 and asking for a SNAP application. 

An interview with DSS staff is a requirement of the application process. If you choose to come into the agency to apply in person, your interview will be completed without an appointment. If you submit an application online or through the mail, a worker will contact you by phone to complete your interview.