SNAP, otherwise known as food stamps is a benefits assistance program that helps limited-income individuals and families buy the food they need in order to stay healthy. If you live in Buffalo, New York, and need help with SNAP, we can help. In this post, we will review everything you need to know about Buffalo Food Stamps – including eligibility, how to apply for benefits in Buffalo, login help, and how much you will get in SNAP if approved.

Before we get into New York eligibility guidelines, first, we will explain what SNAP is about and who is eligible to apply.

Next, we will explain the income guidelines in detail, which are the most important eligibility criteria.

We will then walk you through the 3 ways you can apply for SNAP in Buffalo, New York.

Also, we will walk you through how much you are likely to receive in SNAP if you are approved.

Lastly, we will provide the contact information for the SNAP Center Office in Buffalo, including the phone number and hours of operation.

Table of Contents:

  • Who is Eligible for Food Stamps in Buffalo, NY?
  • Can I Get New York SNAP as an Immigrant?
  • SNAP Eligibility Interview
  • How do I apply for Food Stamps in Buffalo, NY?
  • Can I get SNAP right away or within a few days of applying?
  • New York Login Help
  • How Much Will I Get in New York SNAP?
  • Buffalo SNAP Office Contact Information
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Food Stamp in Buffalo

"Buffalo Food Stamps Guide"

What are SNAP Benefits?

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits help you pay for food. You can use SNAP at grocery stores, supermarkets, and farmer’s markets.

Anyone can apply for SNAP benefits.

You may be eligible even if you have a job, receive SSI or disability benefits, own a home, or own a car.

If you are eligible and approved for benefits, you will receive SNAP benefits within 30 days.

Additionally, certain households with little income or savings, or with high housing costs, can receive SNAP benefits within five days (see below for details).

Nearly 1.7 million New Yorkers receive SNAP benefits, a number that has increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who is Eligible for Food Stamps in Buffalo, NY?

SNAP benefits are for:

  • Individuals or families
  • People who work for low wages, work part-time or are unemployed
  • Those who receive TANF or Safety Net
  • People who are elderly or disabled and have a limited income
  • People who are homeless or are in a shelter for domestic violence

Can I Get New York City SNAP as an Immigrant?

In general, only U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or immigrants with a qualified alien (also known as
qualified immigrant) status can qualify for federal, state, and city benefits, including Food Stamps.

The following immigrants are considered qualified and can get SNAP or food stamps:

  • Lawful Permanent Resident (Permanent Resident Alien or Green Card Holder)
  • Lawfully residing active duty service member or honorably discharged veteran and their families
  • Refugee
  • Asylee
  • Immigrants whose deportation or removal is being withheld
  • Cuban or Haitian entrant
  • Amerasians
  • Trafficked immigrant (T visa holders)
  • Immigrants granted parole in the United States (for at least one year)
  • Battered immigrant spouses and children of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents

SNAP Eligibility Interview

In order to complete the eligibility process, an interview with you or your authorized representative is required. The interview may be done by phone or in person.

During the interview, your application will be reviewed and you will be given time to submit proof of your income, expenses, and other information.

Documents you may be asked to submit include:

  • Proof of Identity (photo ID, birth certificate, Social Security card)
  • Social Security numbers for all household members
  • Birth certificates for all children in the household
  • Proof of shelter expenses (rent receipt, lease or mortgage)
  • Proof of utility expenses (e.g., National Grid bill)
  • Bank statement(s)
  • Proof of income (child support letter, SS benefits statement, pay stubs, SSI award letters, etc.)
  • Medical bills (if you are disabled and/or senior)
  • Child care expenses

What are the Income Limits for SNAP in New York?

New York City SNAP Income Eligibility Standards
for Fiscal Year 2022
Effective October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022
Household SizeHouseholds without earned incomeHouseholds with earned income
Each additional member+492+568

The Maximum Gross Monthly Income limits that are shown in the table below are effective
October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022.

Different income limits are used for SNAP households that:
• Have a person with a disability or 60 years of age or older; or
• Pay dependent care expenses

If everyone in your household receives SSI, TANF, or SNA, you do not need to meet any
income limit.

"How do I apply for Food Stamps in Buffalo New York"

How do I apply for Food Stamps in Buffalo, NY?

There are four (4) ways you can apply for food stamps in Buffalo:

1. Apply Online

Click here to apply for New York food stamps online through the website.

You can check your eligibility for more than 20 state programs here.

Select your county of residence from the dropdown menu and you will be taken to the page to apply.

2. Apply Over the Phone

To apply over the phone, call the Department of Social Services at 716-858-7239. They are open Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-4:00 PM.

3. Print Out the Application and Mail/Fax it In.

You can download the application and fill it out. 
Completed applications can be mailed to:

Erie County Department of Social Services
Attention: SNAP Division
P.O. Box 120
Buffalo, NY 14201;

4. Apply in Person

You can apply for food stamps in person by visiting a department of Social Services office near you.
Below is a list of SNAP Center Locations in Buffalo.

Erie County DSS

158 Pearl Street
3rd Floor, Rath Building
Buffalo, NY 14202

Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Walk-in applications are accepted Monday – Friday between these hours

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.

You may be eligible for expedited SNAP if you meet one of the following:

  • Your household has $100 or less in liquid resources and less than $150 in gross monthly income.
  • You are a migrant or seasonal farmworker household with $100 or less in liquid resources and you have not received any income since you applied for SNAP, or
  • Your household’s monthly income and liquid resources together are less than the total of your monthly rent or mortgage and heating costs and utilities (electricity, telephone, and water).
If you do qualify, you must receive your initial benefit within 5 days.

However, you will still have to complete the eligibility process and supply the requested documentation at a later date.

" Account Login" Login Help

With a account, you can perform the following tasks online regarding the New York SNAP program:

  • Apply for HEAP
  • See Eligibility and Apply for SNAP/Food Stamps
  • Apply for Public Assistance
  • Continue Application
  • Track Application
  • Recertify Benefits
  • Report Changes
  • View Case Details
  • Submit Verification Documents

Follow the instructions below for help logging in to your online account.

Step 1 – Visit Account Website

To start the login process for your account, visit the website at

Once you are on the homepage you will need to locate the “LOG INTO YOUR ACCOUNT” button, which is usually at the bottom part of the site (see image below).

Click on the “LOG INTO YOUR ACCOUNT” button to proceed with the process, as shown below.

"Mybenefits NY Login"

Step 2 – Enter username and Password

Next, you will be taken to a page where you will be required to enter your account username and password, as shown below.

Once you enter the correct username and password, click “Sign In” to continue, as shown by the image below.

" Account login"

Step 4 – View your account

If you entered the correct username and password, you will be automatically taken to your account page, as shown below.

Once there, you can perform a variety of tasks as listed above, including:

    • Start New Benefits Application
    • Start New Recertification Application
    • View Case Details or Report a Change
    • Update myBenefits Account

"Mybenefits NY Login Account Page"

Forgot Username and Password

If you do not remember your login credentials, follow the instructions below:

Forgot Username

If you do not remember your username, click on the “Forgot your Username” link, as shown below.

"Mybenefits NY Login forgot password and username"

Next, You will then be taken to a page where you have to provide your:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email Address

Enter the information requested, check the “I’m not a robot” box, and click “Email me the Username” to retrieve your username.

If you entered the correct information, your username will be emailed to you.

Next, check your email to retrieve your username.

Forgot Password

If you forgot your password, click on the “Forgot your Password” link as shown in the image above.

Next, You will then be taken to a page where you have to provide your username to retrieve your password.

Once you enter your username, check the “I’m not a robot” link and click “Continue” to proceed.

If you entered the correct username, you will be taken to a page where you will be provided options on how to reset your password.

Make a selection by checking the appropriate box and click “Continue” to proceed with the password reset process.

Follow the instructions provided next to reset your account password.

How Much Will I Get in New York SNAP?

Use the chart below to find the Maximum SNAP Allotment Amount for your household size.

Household SizeMaximum SNAP Benefit 
Each additional member(+$188)

Buffalo, NY SNAP Office Contact Information

Here’s how to contact the Buffalo, NY SNAP Office regarding your SNAP and other benefits:

Erie County Department of Human Services

Problems logging into
1-844-891-1786 Helpline

Lost/Stolen EBT Cards

SNAP Call Center

Medicaid Call Center

Medicaid Long Term Care Eligibility

Medicaid Managed Care

Medical Transportation

Fraud Hotline

Senior Services/HEAP Hotline

Frequently Asked Questions about Food Stamp in Buffalo

Check out our list of frequently asked questions related to the food stamps in Buffalo.

How long does it take to get SNAP in Erie County?

The SNAP office must make its decision of a person’s eligibility within 30 days of the date of submission of the application.

SNAP benefits will usually be issued from the original date of the application.

However, applicants with incomplete information will be given 10 days after the interview to provide more documents.

Once all the required documentation is received, the caseworker will process the case within 30 days of the application date.

Also, if required documentation is recieved within 30 days of the application date, SNAP eligibility will begin from the application date.

However, if required documentation is received between 31 and 60 days from the application date, the case will be opened.

If this happens, eligibility will begin from the date from which the documents were received.

Additionally,  if you are eligible for SNAP, you will be notified of the amount of your SNAP benefits and the period of time for which they are certified, and when benefits will become available.

How Will I Receive my SNAP Benefits?

If you are approved for SNAP benefits, your monthly benefit amount will be deposited electronically onto an Electronic Transfer Benefit (EBT) card.

The New York EBT Card, also known as the Common Benefit Identification Card (CBIC), works like a debit card.

"New York CBIC Card"

EBT cards can be used at a variety of stores throughout New York to purchase eligible food items.

For a complete list of the items you can purchase with your New York EBT Card, check out our post here.

Furthermore, certain categories of New York SNAP recipients can use their EBT benefits to purchase food at approved restaurants and fast food places.

This is under the New York Restaurant Meals program.

See our detailed post about the New York Restaurant Meals program and how to qualify.

Additionally, you can purchase groceries online using your New York SNAP EBT card, and have them delivered through the following grocery stores:

  • ALDI
  • Amazon
  • BJs Wholesale Club
  • Ferreira Foodtown
  • Food Bazaar
  • Foodtown-Freshtown
  • Hannaford
  • Manhattan Fruit Market
  • My Foodtown
  • Price Chopper Supermarkets
  • ShopRite
  • Stop & Shop
  • Tops Market
  • Walmart

As you can see from the list, you can purchase groceries online on Amazon. See our Amazon Grocery Online Guide here.

Can I get SNAP in Erie County if I am a College Student?

In order to get SNAP as a student in college or at least half-time, you must meet the income eligibility for SNAP and one of the following criteria:

  • Be employed for an average of 20 hours per week and be paid for such employment or, if self-employed, be employed for an average of 20 hours per week and receive weekly earnings at least equal to the Federal minimum wage multiplied by 20 hours.
  • Participate in a State or Federally financed work study program during the regular school year.
  • Provide more than half the physical care for one or more dependent household members under the age of six or provide more than half the physical care of dependent household members who have reached the age of six but are under the age of 12 where adequate child care is not available.
  • Enrolled full-time in an institution of higher education and is a single parent with responsibility for the care of a dependent child under age 12.
  • Receive Unemployment Benefits (UIB).

Can I use my SNAP benefits at Farmers Markets in Buffalo?

Yes. Many farmers’ markets accept SNAP EBT in Buffalo and surrounding communities. See the list below:

Note: “FCC” is FreshConnect Checks that are available to SNAP EBT card users.

Broadway Farmers’ Market
999 Broadway Buffalo parking entrances on Gibson or Lombard St.
Mon-Sat 8am-5pm
SNAP Accepted
FCC Accepted

Springville Farmers’ Market
Gentner Auction 341 W. Main St. (Rt. 39)
Wednesday 7 am-3 pm
SNAP Accepted
FCC Accepted

Clinton Bailey Sat Farmers’ Market
1443-1517 Clinton St. Buffalo, corner of Clinton & Bailey Sts.
Saturday 4am-5pm, Nov-Apr 6am-12pm
SNAP Accepted
FCC Accepted

Buffalo Food Stamps Summary

We hope our Buffalo Food Stamps Guide was helpful to you! If you found this article helpful, please share it using the “Share this” button below.

If you have more questions about the New York food stamp program or your SNAP EBT benefits, please let us know in the comments section below. We’re here to help!

Also, be sure to check out our other articles about New York SNAP and New York EBT, including:
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