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New York State Food Stamp Programs

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Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food Stamp (FS) Program issues monthly benefits redeemable at authorized retail food stores. Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income, assets and other factors.

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  • Food Stamp Benefits - Working hard but still struggling to make ends meet? Food stamp benefits can help you put food on the table. The Food Stamp Program issues monthly benefits that can be used to purchase food at authorized retail food stores. Food stamp benefits help low-income working people, senior citizens, the disabled and others feed their families.
  • Food Stamps for Working Families - New York is making it easier for working households to apply for the Food Stamp Program through the Working Families Food Stamp Initiative.
  • Telephone Recertification for Current Food Stamp Recipients - If you already get food stamp benefits in New York State, as long as you do not also get Temporary Assistance (cash) benefits, you can recertify (renew your benefits) without coming into the social services office.
  • Eat Smart New York-Food Stamp Nutrition Education - The Eat Smart New York Program has ideas for how to stretch your food dollars and eat healthier foods. It also has some great ideas on how to prepare quick, easy, low-cost meals. To find a Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program in your area, visit Eat Smart New York NYS County Contacts.
  • Transitional Food Stamp Benefits - If your temporary assistance cash case closes, in most cases, you can still receive food stamps, even if the reason that your case is closing is because you now have too much income to be eligible.

Food Stamp Benefits

Food stamp benefits can help you put healthy food on the table. The Food Stamp Program issues monthly benefits that can be used to purchase food at authorized retail food stores. Food stamp benefits help low-income working people, seniors, the disabled and others feed their families. Benefits are provided through an electronic benefit card, similar to a debit or credit card. Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income, expenses and other factors.

Recent changes to the Food Stamp Program have made it easier for many working households to apply and gain access to these critical nutrition supports. If you work hard but still struggle to make ends meet, you may be able to supplement your food budget through the Food Stamp Program.

OTDA has taken steps to help you provide for your family through the Food Stamp Program.

For more information about how and where to apply, call 1-800-342-3009 press “1” for Food Stamps, or in New York City, call 1-877-472-8411.

For more information about the Federal Administration of the Food Stamp Program visit: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

It’s Easier to Use Food Stamp Benefits

For several years now, food stamp benefits have been provided through an electronic benefit card, similar to a bank debit card or credit card. This process is called Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT). If you are eligible, an account will automatically be set up for you, and every month your benefits will automatically be deposited into your account. Your EBT card is used to pay for your food. You simply swipe the card and enter your Personal Identification Number (PIN) in the machine at the checkout line.

It’s Easy to Find out if You May be Eligible for Food Stamps

To find out if you may be eligible for food stamp benefits, visit myBenefits.ny.gov to use the Food Stamps Pre-screening Eligibility Tool. This pre-screening tool is not an application for Food Stamps. An application for food stamps must be submitted to your local Food Stamp office. The current Food Stamp application is available from this site in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. To find out the location of your nearest food stamp office, contact your local Department of Social Services.

It’s Easier to Apply for Food Stamps

In many locations throughout New York State, there are community organizations that can help you get and complete an application for the Food Stamp Program. Most of these organizations can also screen you to see if you might be eligible. For a list of these organizations visit the Nutritional Outreach Educational Providers website. In some of these locations, you may be able to apply electronically. View a list of the locations where On-line food Stamp Application sites are available.

Disabled Applicants

If you have a physical or mental hardship, and are disabled, New York allows you to have someone you designate apply for you. You may also authorize someone who knows your household circumstances to apply for Food Stamp Benefits for you. If you would like to authorize someone, print the person’s name, address and phone number on the signature page (page 5) of your food stamp application.

Applying By Mail

To apply by mail you should call or write your local county Department of Social Services office or, in New York City, your local Food Stamp Center to request an application packet.

Telephone Interviews

If you are working or have circumstances that make it hard for you to get to your local social services office for an interview after you have submitted your application, it may be possible to have the application interview done by telephone. If all the adults in your household are age 60 or older, or are disabled and have no earned income, you automatically qualify to have your application and recertification interviews done by phone, if you request it. Some other hardships that might make you eligible for a phone interview include cost or difficulty of traveling to and from the social services office, health problems (even temporary ones), difficulty getting time off from work or difficulty getting child care or dependent care. If you apply, contact your local department of social services office to request a phone interview.

If you qualify for food stamps, you must get them no later than 30 days from the date the office got your application.

Questions?

For further information about Food Stamps, you may call the Office of Temporary and Disability Services toll-free hotline at 1-800-342-3009 and press “1” for Food Stamps

You Can Now Have Savings and Qualify for Food Stamps

In New York State, the Food Stamp Program now allows you to have more money in a checking or savings account, or even a retirement account or college savings account, without affecting your eligibility for food stamp benefits. As of January 1, 2008, most households applying for food stamp benefits no longer have to pass a savings/resource test in order to get food stamp benefits. This means having money in a savings, checking or retirement account, or having other resources, will not keep you from being eligible for food stamp benefits, as long as you meet the income guidelines.

Food Stamps for Working Families

New York is making it easier for working households to apply for the Food Stamp Program through the Working Families Food Stamp Initiative. You don’t need to have children to take part. New York thinks of the people you live and buy groceries with and eat with as part of your family. Even if you live by yourself you can still participate, as long as you meet the work requirements.

If you work the necessary number of hours or meet the earnings requirements, you may apply for food stamp benefits by mail and be interviewed on the phone, so you don’t need to take time off from work to visit a social services office.

Right now, if you qualify, you can do your application interview by phone in many, but not all, counties and in some boroughs of New York City. Soon telephone application interviews will be available statewide. View New York State Food Stamp Initiatives by Region.

You may qualify to have an application interview by phone, under the Working Families Food Stamp Initiative, if you submit an application and if:

  • Any adult member (18 years of age or older) of your household is working 30 hours or more per week or earning $196.50 or more per week; or
  • Any two (2) adult members of your household are each working 20 or more hours per week or each earning $131 or more per week.

If you live outside of New York City and qualify for the Working Families Food Stamp Initiative you won’t need to be finger-imaged.

Telephone Recertification for Current Food Stamp Recipients

If you already get food stamp benefits in New York State, as long as you do not also get Temporary Assistance (cash) benefits, you can recertify (renew your benefits) without coming into the social services office. This is currently only available in certain New York State counties and boroughs of NYC. When the county or borough you live in starts doing recertification interviews by phone, you will receive a notice telling you that it’s time for you to recertify. View New York State Food Stamp Initiatives by Region.

Recertification by telephone is more convenient because you will be interviewed from the comfort of your home. It is easier because you no longer have to travel to the Food Stamp Office for recertification. You will save valuable time needed for employment or other important matters by not reporting in person to your local department of Social Services for your interview. For more information, contact the Info Line: 1-800-342-3009.

Transitional Food Stamp Benefits

If your temporary assistance cash case closes, in most cases, you can still receive food stamps, even if the reason that your case is closing is because you now have too much income to be eligible. In 2001, New York State became the first state in the nation to give Transitional Food Stamp Benefits. This program was designed to help families who used to get cash benefits make the transition to self-sufficiency. For most families leaving cash assistance, food stamps benefits can be continued – often at a higher amount than before – for five months.

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mceatless   in reply to madame de farge
My amount was also lowered from $200 to $129. I figured it was due to a snarky case worker who took over my case. She claims it is because I am now on Section 8 housing. Any truth about that?
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Haldur
My elderly mom recently was approved for food stamps in Rockland County, NY. Someone told her that there are very specific rules about what foods are covered and not covered, and I'm trying to help her by finding the info. But I cannot find a page that outlines those rules. There's lots of pages regarding how to apply, but nothing that I can find about the rules regarding actually using her card. Can someone point me in the right direction?

Also, she's handicapped and she has volunteers to do her shopping for her -- will that be a problem?
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salhenk   in reply to dazz3l
well said
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salhenk   in reply to Starz-N-YourEyez
not bad that's how you do it tums up
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salhenk   in reply to StugglingHusbandandFather
well said ty
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NK1234   in reply to Voice Of Reason!
Fed Govt welfare is 12%, count medical it jumps to 35%...so 35 cents on every dollar not 1/2 cent. Corrected.
http://www.usgovernmentsp...
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madame de farge
I've been trying to find out if the monthly amount food stamps has been lowered in NYC or in NYS or elsewhere. I live in NYC and am single. Last year I got $200/month. Reapplied at the end of July 2012. I know it's pro-rated at first, but last week my Sept. EBT deposit was $180 for food stamps. I asked others and two said theirs was lowered also. One woman said hers was decreased from $148 to $117. She went to the welfare office to ask if it was a mistake and they said no. Then the caseworker said, "Eat less." Would appreciate hearing from others in this boat.
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amjac
 in response to Starz-N-YourEyez...   You were doing a great job until the end...We shouldn't be correcting anyway most spelling errors are the computer and a simple typing error, learn some patience and respect people.
As far as welfare I have needed help a few times in my life and paid in to help others the rest of the time.
Get over it, all this fighting over nonsense just makes us all look ignorant.
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StugglingHusbandandFather
 in response to NySwEeTy725...   I couldn't agree with you more. It's bad enough sharing hardships with strangers and worse than that, there someone correcting your grammar.
Let's try helping each other in trying to feed our families and forget about misspelled words.
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Hdvjjh
Who can i call if my case is closed and dont get any response from fair hearing? single parent of 2 and struggling, i go to warfare and nobody seems to care and i applied twice for a fair hearing back in december 15 2011... Please give some onfo.

Jnun73@aol.com
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BeauTee
 in response to mister...   I was suppose to get mines on 1/09/12 and I called and they told me my date was 1/14/12. I still didn't receive anything.
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carmellover
i cant remember my pin how can i fix that?
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mister
 in response to booboo kat...   hello i am having same problem i was suppesed to get mine 01/03/2012 but still nothing happened. as you state you cant reach them by telephone number. if you get any asnwer please rply back thank you
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booboo kat
Is anyone else having problems getting their food stamps in New York today, I was supposed to get mine on 1/2/2012, but because it was a federal holiday, I figured it would be there today but is not, and good luck trying to get anyone on the phone. Just asking.
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Voice Of Reason!
For all of those that want to blame their high taxes on welfare recipients maybe you should do you homework first before opening your mouth and blaming the less fortunate.. Let me ask you a simple question.. When you pay $1.00 in taxes, how much of that money do you think goes to welfare? 30, 40, 50, 60 cents? Try a 1/2 of a penny.. A HALF A PENNY! So when you pay $100.00 in taxes, a whopping 50 cents goes to welfare.. So while you are screaming about $0.50 cents out of $100.00! One would think that your anger should be focused on where the other $99.50 is going! And that my friends is where your anger should be placed.. WITH THE POLITICIANS THAT CREATE ALL OF THIS HOSTILITY WHILE THEY HIDE THEIR WASTEFUL SPENDING!!! And for those that think Welfare is a free ride.. Guess again.. No only do they barely give you enough money to live on, they bust your balls and treat you like garbage every step of the way.. Simply put, you get more respect, dignity, and money shoveling sh*t all day long.. Is there welfare fraud and people who truly do not deserve it? Sure there is. But its not nearly what you think it is.. Maybe 1 out of every 250-300 applicants.. And trust me they will typically always get caught and sent to prison for it.. So you want to be angry? Then call your local politicians and demand to know where the other 99-1/2 cent of your tax dollar is going!
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Starz-N-YourEyez
 in response to ...   Mr grammar corrector, maybe u should further your education. I was going toll you (I was going to tell you) you spelling and grammar (your spelling and grammar) an arrogant yet uneducated matter (an arrogant yet uneducated manner) ------- now you go and further your education or get spell check. Because you have several errors in your statement, so before you try to make corrections on someone else's grammar make sure your shit is in order, now go take yourself and your mokney and go pick tick off each other. You sorry ass cock sucker....... put your nuts in your mouth and stick your dick in your ass------ bitch!!!!!!!
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Blake NY
 in response to unhappynystateresident...   There is just as much, if not more, corruption by some that are working and stealing, so don't blame all the states problems on the poor. While there is some level and fraud in this system, and any system, one can't paint with such a wide brush. For every person in the system that is fraudulently receiving benefits, there are thousands who are truly in need of them.

Some people get so focused on this imagine they have in their minds of some people sitting at home watching soaps all day, while collecting benefits, that it clouds their vision to the thousands of people who need them.

I assure that the most people want nothing less than to be collecting benefits. Many people on benefits do work - several jobs in some cases, but aren't making enough to make ends meet, and the benefits help that.

No, benefits are not intended to be a permanent crutch, and that why the state requires to re-certify every so often. But with a national economy in the dumper the last 5 years or so, and people getting laid off all the time, it is not easy to find new work sometimes.

It makes me sad when I hear ignorant people spout of things like... 'well there were 100 job openings here, and you still can't find a job in a year ?...etc. Just because a job might be open, it doesn't mean you are qualified for it, or will get it over the other 500 people who applied for it. Believe me, when you are unemployed, a month or a year can go by fast.

If one has the good fortune to be financially secure and employed, then they should be thankful. Believe me when I tell you that many people have been in that position and lost everything still. It happens and can happen before you know what it you. Some of those guys that were on Wall Street ended up in the benefits lines and some in the gutter.

"But for the grace of god, there go I."

"What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet lose his sole."

Be grateful for what you have, and help others when you can, rather than begrudging others for the sins of a few.

Let the state worry about controlling fraud, and you worrying about being the best that you can be at working, and helping others when you can. There is no point in going through life bitter.
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lookingforwork
 in response to hungryinbeacon...   reapply,,,,,I am from the same area as you and applied at almost the same time as you and the only problem I had was on my end getting all the right Doc. good Luck,

PS..Never call after 11:30 and before 1:15...lunch time...ou will never get anyone.
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JULISSA
i move to pa ang i want to close my food stamp in brooklyn what should i do ?i live in pa and want o close my case but i call and no one pick the phone what shoul i do ?
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hahaha
 in response to Curly 1...   Lolll I like that one!
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