The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance issues a New York State benefit identification card, to individuals and families who receive cash or food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The card is known as an electronic benefits transfer card (EBT).Continue Reading
An EBT card can be used to purchase food from approved retailers including farmers markets and to obtain cash from ATMs and points of service. Some retail stores allow an EBT cardholder to obtain cash back when making purchases. The OTDA website provides a link to a list of approved retailers and farmers markets in the state and a list of ATMs and point of service locations where cash can be obtained using the EBT card.
The State of New York provides a website separate from the OTDA site where individuals can check to see if they qualify for benefits or check the status of their application. Benefits that can be applied for on that site include SNAP, health programs, home energy assistance, temporary assistance, WIC and a variety of other services for the elderly. Those who have been issued an EBT card can use that same website to check on their EBT card balance and their transaction history.Learn more about Social Services
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, available in all 50 states, is a government-run food program that provides cards for low-income families to obtain food and other necessities. Applicants must meet certain financial guidelines to be eligible for SNAP.Full Answer >
Public assistance programs that help provide nutritional food for free or for a low cost include the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Summer Food Assistance Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the National School Lunch Program, according to Feeding America. Individuals can also find local food banks by clicking on the Find A Food Bank heading on the Feeding America website.Full Answer >
The government offers a variety of programs for food assistance funded by grants, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, and the Women, Infants and Children program, also called WIC. The government also provides a number of different nutrition programs for children and the elderly.Full Answer >
To check your food stamp balance online, visit the online Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program website for your state, create an account, or log in if you already have an existing account. Provide the required login credentials, and then click Submit. The login procedure varies depending on the website.Full Answer >