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 Manhattan, New York, and need help with SNAP, we can help. In this post, we will review everything you need to know about Manhattan Food Stamps – including eligibility, how to apply for benefits in Manhattan, ACCESS HRA 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 Manhattan, New York.

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

Furthermore, we will explain the restaurant meals program in Stanislaus County and how you can use your EBT card to buy food at restaurants and fast food places if you are eligible.

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

Table of Contents:

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

"Manhattan 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 Manhattan, 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 member492568

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 Manhattan New York"

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

If you have reviewed the New York City SNAP Eligibility Guidelines and believe you may qualify for EBT benefits, the next step is to submit your application.

To apply, there are four ways you can submit your NYC SNAP Application – online, over the phone, in-person, and by mail.

See below for details:

1. Apply Online

 The easiest option is to apply online. Click here for information on how to apply online through the myHRA system.

2. Apply Over the Phone

To apply for food stamps in New York City by phone, call the Human Resources Administration at (718) 557-1399. They are open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.

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

You can download the application and fill it out.

4. Apply in Person

You can apply for food stamps in New York City in person by visiting a Human Resources Administration office near you.
Below is a list of SNAP Center Locations in Manhattan.

East End

2322 Third Avenue
3rd Fl.
New York, NY 10035
Phone: 212-860-5147
Fax: 917-639-2501
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
This center includes a Children’s Corner, which provides supervision during limited hours.

Washington Heights

4055 10th Avenue
Lower Level
New York, NY 10034
Phone: 212-569-9835
Fax: 917-529-0435
Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm


12 West 14th St
4th Fl.
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-352-2524
Fax: 917-639-2504
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
This center includes a Children’s Corner, which provides supervision during limited hours.

St. Nicholas Job Center

132 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-666-5678 | 212-666-5576
Fax: 917-639-2499 | HDU Fax: 917-639-2500
Hours Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Additionally, you can also apply for SNAP at community organizations that provide help to SNAP applicants.
For a list of community organizations in Manhattan that help with SNAP applications, click here.

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.

"New York City ACCESS HRA Login Instructions"

New York ACCESS HRA Login Help

With an ACCESS HRA account, you can perform the following tasks online regarding the NYC SNAP program:

  • Apply for SNAP
  • Recertify your SNAP Benefits
  • Report required information
  • Make changes to your Case

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

Step 1 – Visit ACCESS HRA Account Website

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

Once you are on the homepage you will need to locate the “Apply Now/Log In” button, which is usually located in the middle part of the site (see image below).

The “Log In” link can also be found at the top of the page.

Click on the “Log In” button to proceed with the process.

"NYC ACCESS HRA Login help"

Step 2 – Enter username and Password

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

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

"NYC ACCESS HRA Login help 2"

Step 4 – View your account

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

Once there, you can perform a variety of tasks, including applying for:

  • Federal Emergency Rental Assistance
  • Food Stamps/SNAP
  • Cash Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • Discounts on Subway Fares

"NYC ACCESS HRA Login page"

Step 5 – First Time Login

When you first log in to your ACCESS HRA account, you will see the page below.

Enter the requested information below to proceed with your SNAP application.


Download ACCESS HRA Mobile App

ACCESS HRA has a mobile app that is available for both Apple and Android devices.

With the ACCESS HRA mobile app, you can view:

  • SNAP (Food Stamps) / Cash Assistance (CA) case status
  • EBT balance
  • Recent payments
  • Upcoming appointments
  • Documents on file
  • Fair Fares NYC enrollment information
  • Required documents for your SNAP (Food Stamps) or Cash Assistance (CA) case or Fair Fares NYC application

Additionally, you can upload the requested documents as part of your application and recertification.

To download the ACCESS HRA app:

  • Go to the App Store or Google Play
  • Search for “ACCESS HRA” or “Fair Fares”
  • Click on GET or INSTALL

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)

Manhattan, NY SNAP Office Contact Information

Here’s how to contact the Manhattan, NY SNAP Office regarding your SNAP benefits:

There are four SNAP offices in Manhattan, broken down by area. Here is a list of each office by area and the corresponding phone and fax number:

All offices are open Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

East End

Phone: 212-860-5147
Fax: 917-639-2501

Washington Heights

Phone: 212-569-9835
Fax: 917-529-0435


Phone: 212-352-2524
Fax: 917-639-2504

St. Nicholas Job Center

Phone: 212-666-5678 | 212-666-5576
Fax: 917-639-2499 | HDU Fax: 917-639-2500

Frequently Asked Questions about Food Stamp in Manhattan

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

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 use my SNAP benefits at Farmers Markets in Manhattan?

Yes. Many farmers’ markets accept SNAP EBT in Manhattan.

Additionally, if you live in NYC, you can stretch your SNAP dollars through the Health Bucks program.

Health Bucks are $2 coupons that can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at all NYC farmers’ markets.

Below is a list of some of the farmers’ markets that accept EBT in Manhattan.

Click here for the full list and further details about each location.

"NYC Double SNAP Bucks"

Grass Roots Farmers’ Market

West 145th St and Edgecombe Ave
New York, NY 10030
Season: July-November
Hours: Tues/Sat, 9am-4pm

Columbia Greenmarket

Broadway and West 115th St
New York, NY 10027
Season: Year-round
Hours: Thu, 8am-5pm / Sun, 8am-3pm

Union Square Greenmarket

Broadway and East 17th St
New York, NY 10003
Season: Year-round
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 8 am-6 pm

Abingdon Square Greenmarket

Hudson St and W 12 St
New York, NY 10014
Season: Year-round
Hours: Sat, 8 am-2 pm

Stuyvesant Town Greenmarket

1 Stuyvesant Oval
New York, NY 10009
Season: May-December
Hours: Sun, 9:30 am-4 pm

Rockefeller Center Greenmarket

Rockefeller Plaza and West 50th St
New York, NY 10112
Season: July-August; October
Hours: Wed/Thu/Fri, 8am-5pm

Harvest Home Harlem Hospital Farmers’ Market

137th Street and Lennox Avenue
New York, NY 10037
Season: June-November
Hours: Fri, 8 am-6 pm

Morningside Park Farmers’ Market

560 Malcom X Blvd
New York, NY 10037
Season: August-November
Hours: Sat, 9 am-3 pm

Can I get Free or Discounted Museum Tickets with EBT Card?

Yes, with your New York EBT Card, you can get free or discounted admission to museums and other family-friendly places like Aquariums and Zoos, including participating locations in Manhattan.

Here are some popular programs that offer this benefit to SNAP cardholders:

Culture Connected
Museum for All

Here’s a list of some of the participating locations:

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Pier 86, W. 46th St.
New York, New York 10036

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is free for SNAP/EBT cardholders through the Museums for All program.


Monday through Sunday (Including Holidays)

10:00am – 5:00pm
Last entry at 4:00 pm


Museum at Eldridge Street

12 Eldridge Street
New York, New York 10002 United States
(212) 219-0302

The Museum at Eldridge Street offers free admission [with valid ID] to SNAP benefits recipients with EBT card or WIC card, via Museums for All (valid for four visitors).

Hours & Admission

Sunday10AM to 5PM
Monday10AM to 5PM
Tuesday10AM to 5PM
Wednesday10AM to 5PM
Thursday10AM to 5PM
Friday10AM to 3PM


International Center of Photography

79 Essex Street
New York, New York 10002 United States
(212) 857-0000

Admission is $3 for SNAP/EBT Card Holders.


Monday: 11 AM – 7 PM
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 11 AM – 7 PM
Thursday: 11 AM – 9 PM
Friday: 11 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 11 AM – 7 PM
Sunday: 11 AM – 7 PM


If you need food now, see the list of Food Pantries in Manhattan.

Manhattan Food Stamps Summary

We hope our Manhattan 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:
Manhattan SNAP EBT Farmers Markets
New York to Get 25% SNAP Increase
Get Free Admissions with New York EBT Card
New York P-EBT Extension for 2021
How to Get a Free Phone With New York Food Stamps
Free Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaways in NYC

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