Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) helps low-income households by supplementing their monthly food budget. Eligible households use an electronic benefit card and PIN (personal ID number) to access their benefits at the supermarket checkout counter, the same way a debit card is used. There are many supermarkets throughout the county where recipients can use their benefit card.
Frequently Asked Questions for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Benefits
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 authorized the payment of Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) food benefits to households with children who would have received free or reduced-price school meals under the National School Lunch Act, if not for a school closure. These temporary food benefits are to help cover the cost of meals children would otherwise would have received at school.
OTDA has prepared a set of FAQs for SNAP households. The FAQs may be accessed at this link: https://otda.ny.gov/SNAP-COVID-19/Frequently-Asked-Questions-Pandemic-EBT.asp
COVID-19 Emergency Allotments to SNAP Households – May Update
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will automatically issue an Emergency supplemental SNAP benefit to households not already receiving the maximum benefit.
OTDA has prepared a set of FAQs for SNAP households. The FAQs may be accessed at this link: http://otda.ny.gov/SNAP-COVID-19/Frequently-Asked-Questions.asp.
COVID-19 Recertification Extensions – May Update
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is automatically extending certain TA/MA/SNAP and SNAP only recertifications scheduled to expire in March, April and May for a period of three (3) months (see notice). The COVID-19 pandemic prevented some households from submitting recertification forms in a timely manner.
How to Apply for SNAP
Nassau County residents can apply on the myBenefits website. Applicants may also mail in their applications which may be obtained by calling (516) 227-8523. Residents may also come in during regular business hours.
Households containing an individual age 60 or over, or one who is permanently disabled, do not have to meet the gross monthly income test.
Expedited SNAP Benefits
If your household has little or no money and requires help right away, you may be able to receive "expedited" benefits to meet your food needs under SNAP. You must be interviewed first in order to determine eligibility. If you qualify, you will receive your initial benefit within five days of application. You will still have to complete the eligibility process and supply all necessary and requested documentation within 30 days.
Department of Social Services General Information: (516) 227-8519
Further information on eligibility for SNAP (food stamp) and other public assistance benefits can be accessed on the myBenefits website.
Nondiscrimination Statement (Aviso sobre Normas Antidiscriminatorias)
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at: (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
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