- How do I apply for SNAP?
You can apply for SNAP either in person at one of the four centers, by mailing an application or through www.myBenefits.ny.gov.
- How can I know if I am eligible for SNAP?
To find out if you are eligible for SNAP you must apply. You may use the online tool at www.myBenefits.ny.gov, however, it is only a pre-screening tool and does not determine eligibility.
Can I get SNAP right away or within a few days of applying?
If your household has little or no money and needs help right away, you may qualify for “expedited” SNAP. If you do qualify, you must receive your initial benefit within 5 days. You will still have to complete the eligibility process and supply the requested documentation at a later date.
What can I purchase with SNAP?
Food for the household to eat such as: breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meats, fish and poultry. In addition, you may purchase seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.
This is just a brief explanation of the programs offered by the Suffolk County Department of Social Services. More information can be found on the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) website at www.otda.ny.gov or on www.myBenefits.ny.gov.