A worker from the Department of Social Services is available through the Office for Aging to help seniors who are frail and homebound apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, previously known as Food Stamps) when they have no one else to help them.
- SNAP is issued in the form of a monthly benefit, which helps individuals living on low income supplement their food purchases.
- The dollar value of the benefit depends on your household size and income compared to your shelter and medical expenses.
With SNAP, you can purchase a variety of different foods including:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Frozen foods
- Canned foods
- Bread and milk
- Non-perishable food items
- An Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card is used rather than paper coupons. The monthly benefit is automatically credited to your EBT card every month.
- You can use your monthly benefit towards the purchase of meals at local senior centers, as well as for Meals on Wheels.
- SNAP is considered a nutrition program that helps you eat healthy.
To apply, call the Department of Social Services at 607.778.1100.
Those age 60 and older can call the Information and Assistance Line at 607.778.2411 for basic information about SNAP.