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 Queens, New York (including Long Island City), and need help with SNAP, we can help. In this post, we will review everything you need to know about Queens Food Stamps – including eligibility, how to apply for benefits in Queens, 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 Queens, 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 Queens, including the phone number and hours of operation.

Table of Contents:

  • Who is Eligible for Food Stamps in Queens, 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?
  • Queens SNAP Office Contact Information
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Food Stamp in Queens

"Queens 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 Queens, 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 Size Households without earned income Households with earned income
1 $1,396 $1,610
2 $1,888 $2,178
3 $2,379 $2,745
4 $2,871 $3,313
5 $3,363 $3,880
6 $3,855 $4,448
7 $4,347 $5,015
8 $4,839 $5,583
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 Queens New York"

How do I apply for Food Stamps in Queens, 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 Queens.

Jamaica

165-08 88th Avenue
3rd Fl.
Jamaica, NY 11432
Phone: 929-252-3713
Fax: 917-639-2476
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
This center includes a Children’s Corner, which provides supervision during limited hours.

Queens

32-20 Northern Blvd.
2nd Fl.
LIC, NY 11101
(Entrance on One Honeywell Street)
Phone: 718-784-6315
Fax: 917-639-2492
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
This center includes a Children’s Corner, which provides supervision during limited hours.

Rockaway

219 Beach 59th Street
1st Fl.
Rockaway, NY 11692
Phone: 718-637-2750
Fax: 917-639-2523
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
This center includes a Children’s Corner, which provides supervision during limited hours.

Additionally, you can also apply for SNAP at community organizations that provide help to SNAP applicants.
For a list of community organizations in Queens 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 https://a069-access.nyc.gov/accesshra.

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.

"ACCESS HRA Login"

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 Size Maximum SNAP Benefit 
1 $250
2 $459
3 $658
4 $835
5 $992
6 $1,190
7 $1,316
8 $1,504
Each additional member (+$188)

Queens, NY SNAP Office Contact Information

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

There are four SNAP offices in Queens, 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.

Jamaica

Jamaica, NY 11432
Phone: 929-252-3713

Queens

Phone: 718-784-6315
Fax: 917-639-2492

Rockaway

Phone: 718-637-2750
Fax: 917-639-2523

Frequently Asked Questions about Food Stamp in Queens

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

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 Queens?

Yes. Many farmers’ markets accept SNAP EBT.

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 Queens.

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

"NYC Double SNAP Bucks"

Edgemere Farm Stand

385 Beach 45th Street
Queens, NY 11691
Season: June-November
Hours: Fri/Sat, 10am-3pm

Queens Botanical Garden Farmers’ Market

Main St and Dahlia Ave
Flushing, NY 11355
Season: June-November
Hours: Fri, 8:30am-4pm

Cunningham Park Farmers’ Market

196-10 Union Turnpike
Fresh Meadows, NY 11366
Season: May-November
Hours: Sun, 9am-2pm

Forest Hills Greenmarket

106-28 Queens Blvd
Queens, NY 11375
Season: Year-round
Hours: Sun, 8am-2pm

Jamaica Hospital Farm Stand

134-20 Jamaica Ave.
Jamaica, NY 11418
Season: June-November
Hours: Wed, 9am-4pm
Season: July-November
Hours: Fri, 10:30am-3:30pm

Pomonok Community Farm Stand

67-09 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, NY 11367
Season: July-November
Hours: Wed, 9am-4pm

Ditmars Park GrowNYC Farm Stand

22-00 Steinway St
Queens, NY 11105
Season: July-November
Hours: Sat, 9:30am-2pm

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 Queens.

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:

The Noguchi Museum

9-01 33rd Rd. (at Vernon Boulevard)
Long Island City, New York 11106 United States
(718) 204-7088

Admission is always free (with ID) for SNAP benefits recipients with an EBT card or WIC card (member of Museums for All and Culture Connected).

Website

Hours

Wed-Sun: 11 am–6 pm

Mon–Tue: Closed

King Manor

150-03 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, New York 11432 United States
(718) 206-0545

The IKing Manor Museum is free for SNAP/EBT cardholders through the Museums for All program.

Hours

Mon – Tues, Thurs – Fri: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Saturday: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm (tours on the hour, no reservation required)

(Spanish language tours available on Saturdays!)

Wed & Sun: Closed

Website

Queens Food Stamps Summary

We hope our Queens 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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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
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