Food Stamps or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is a federally funded program administered by the Department of Social Services for the United States Department of Agriculture. The goal of the program is to provide a higher level of nutrition to income eligible individuals and families by enhancing their ability to purchase food.  

Eligibility for the program is determined by financial criteria.  Those found eligible receive an EBT (electronic benefit card) which is scanned in any of 29 local grocery stores and farmers markets in Broome County. A link to applications for all benefit programs in other languages: Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

How to Apply for SNAP (Food Stamp) Benefits                         

SNAP Eligibility      

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) website   

SNAP Nondiscrimination Statement

Applications, Forms and Information

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

SFSP was created to reduce the likelihood of nutritional risk for low income children during the months when schools are closed for summer recess by providing free meals at participating summer meal sites such as schools, parks, pools, recreation centers, camps, housing authorities and other neighborhood locations. Through SFSP, schools, governments and nonprofit organizations receive Federal and State funds to continue a child's physical and social development by providing meals during the summer with the number of meals and dates varying by site.

Growing Up Healthy Hotline at 1-800-522-5006

All Kids and Teens are Welcome! For a Meal near You

Call 211 or TEXT "food" or "comida" to 877-877.  You will be provided with the closest open site data information.

Locate the nearest open site with this on-line mapping tool:

When to Contact New York State EBT Customer Service. Call if:

You need your SNAP or cash account balance.
You have question or problems with your SNAP or cash account information.                                                                                                                                             
Your card is lost, stolen or damaged. 
You suspect that a transaction error occurred and you would like to file a claim.
You need information about using your benefit card or PIN.
Call toll free 1-888-328-6399 or on the Internet
Your call will be answered by an automated system.  You will be guided through menu options to help direct your call.

 Community Resources:      First Call For Help       Choose My Plate  

If you have a question regarding your benefits or would like to contact a local SNAP (Food Stamp) representative, you may call us at                                

607-778-1100 or email us at: