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.
Link below to applications for all benefit programs in other languages.
· The provided link will take the user to translated SNAP information.
· Arabic- سيأخذ الرابط المقدم المستخدم إلى ترجمة معلومات SNAP.
· Bengali- প্রদত্ত লিঙ্কটি ব্যবহারকারীকে অনুবাদ করা এসএনএপি তথ্যে নিয়ে যাবে।
· Traditional Chinese- 提供的鏈接會將用戶帶到已翻譯的SNAP信息。
· Haitian-Creole- Lyen yo bay la pral pote itilizatè a nan enfòmasyon SNAP tradui.
· Korean- 제공된 링크는 사용자에게 SNAP 정보를 번역하도록 안내합니다.
· Russian- 제공된 링크는 사용자에게 SNAP 정보를 번역하도록 안내합니다.
· Spanish- El enlace proporcionado llevará al usuario a la información SNAP traducida.
Changes to SNAP benefit Amounts and change to 2024.
Households that receive SNAP and Social Security benefits will see a decrease in their SNAP benefits because of the cost of living increase to Social Security benefits that took effect on Jan. 1, 2024.
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, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), 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.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (833) 620-1071, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to:
- mail: Food and Nutrition Service, USDA 1320 Braddock Place, Room 334 Alexandria, VA 22314; or
- fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
- email: FNSCIVILRIGHTSCOMPLAINTS@usda.gov
New York State law additionally prohibits discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, sex, disability, marital status, or status as a victim of domestic violence.
Applications, Forms and Information
- USDA ARRA Fact Sheet Eng. pdf
- USDA ARRA Fact Sheet Spanish. pdf
- Landlord Form
- SNAP WORK REGISTRANTS, NEED ASSISTANCE WITH JOB SEARCH?
- SNAP (Food Stamps) and applications for other benefit programs (including applications in languages other than English and recertification forms)
- USDA National Hunger Hotline: 866-3-HUNGRY or 877-8-HAMBRE
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: https://www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids
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 https://www.connectebt.com/
|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