Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food at authorized retail food stores. Visit myBenefits.ny.gov and click “Am I eligible?” to check your eligibility for SNAP benefits and other human services program benefits. For more information on SNAP please visit: http://otda.ny.gov/programs/snap/
Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income and other factors.
"Income" means your household's total gross monthly income before taxes and withholdings are subtracted. Benefits from other assistance programs such as Unemployment Insurance Benefits, public assistance payments, Social Security or SSI benefits count as income.
Certain household expenses, such as monthly Child Support payments paid by a member of your household for a child who does not live with you, can be deducted from your household's gross income.
A SNAP budget must be calculated for your household in order to determine eligibility and benefit amount. The only way to determine if your household is eligible for SNAP benefits is to apply.
In New York State, SNAP 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 SNAP benefits.
Most households applying for SNAP benefits no longer have to pass a savings/resource test in order to get SNAP benefits. This means that the household's assets (stocks, savings and retirement accounts, etc.) are not considered when determining eligibility.
Please note that if you apply for SNAP benefits, you may still be asked to provide information regarding such resources.
To find out if you are eligible to receive SNAP you need to submit a SNAP Application/Recertification (LDSS-4826) to the Jefferson County Department of Social Services. The application can be found here:
For more information about the SNAP program or to view this information in another language, please visit https://otda.ny.gov/programs/snap/.
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:
1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
3. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
With respect to public accommodations, New York State additionally prohibits
discrimination based on gender identity, transgender status, gender dysphoria, sexual
orientation, marital status, and military status.