To apply for food stamps, or SNAP benefits, in New York, you can fill out an application online, send one by mail or fax, or apply in-person at a local SNAP office. Your application is then reviewed and verified, and if eligible, you begin receiving benefits within 30 days. There is an expedited benefit delivery if your situation constitutes an emergency.
When completing an application, you need to provide your contact information, details about the members of your household and other details that may pertain to your financial situation. After the application is reviewed, a phone interview is set up with a representative from the local SNAP office, but it's possible an in-person interview is necessary. An interview helps provide more information about your financial situation and the other members of your household.
You must meet the monthly or yearly gross income requirements to be eligible for SNAP benefits. Income levels are determined on the age, number and disability of the individuals living in the household. A combination of factors, such as criminal convictions and household budget, determines final eligibility.
Once a determination is made, the benefits are activated within 30 days, but if your situation is deemed an emergency, your benefits are usually activated within five days.