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 Staten Island, New York, and need help with SNAP, we can help. In this post, we will review everything you need to know about Staten Island Food Stamps – including eligibility, how to apply for benefits in Staten Island, 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 Staten Island, 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 Staten Island, including the phone number and hours of operation.
Table of Contents:
- Who is Eligible for Food Stamps in Staten Island, 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?
- Staten Island SNAP Office Contact Information
- Frequently Asked Questions about Food Stamp in Staten Island
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 Staten Island, 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
- Immigrants whose deportation or removal is being withheld
- Cuban or Haitian entrant
- 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|
|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
How do I apply for Food Stamps in Staten Island, 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
3. Print Out the Application and Mail/Fax it In.
4. Apply in Person
201 Bay Street
Staten Island, NY 10301
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Can I get SNAP right away or within a few days of applying?
- 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).
However, you will still have to complete the eligibility process and supply the requested documentation at a later date.
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.
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.
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
- Discounts on Subway Fares
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:
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|
|Each additional member||(+$188)|
Staten Island, NY SNAP Office Contact Information
Here’s how to contact the Staten Island, NY SNAP Office regarding your SNAP benefits:
There are four SNAP offices in Staten Island, 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.
Frequently Asked Questions about Food Stamp in Staten Island
Check out our list of frequently asked questions related to the food stamps in Staten Island.
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.
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:
- BJs Wholesale Club
- Ferreira Foodtown
- Food Bazaar
- Manhattan Fruit Market
- My Foodtown
- Price Chopper Supermarkets
- Stop & Shop
- Tops Market
As you can see from the list, you can purchase groceries online on Amazon. See our Amazon Grocery Online Guide here.
How Do I keep my New York SNAP Benefits?
In order to continue receiving Food Stamps, you must complete the regular application process called recertification.
This means that you will be called back for another interview and asked to submit certain documents.
If you do not follow through with recertification, your SNAP benefits will be discontinued.
How Recertification Works
Two months prior to the end of the re-certification period, you will receive a packet in the mail that includes a SNAP application and a scheduled interview appointment.
Each food stamp household is scheduled for a recertification interview at the end of the initial 12 month certification period in order to document changes in:
- Household composition, or
- Any other change in circumstances that may affect SNAP eligibility or degree of need.
SNAP recipients with earned income, however, are scheduled for a recertification interview every 6 months.
It is important to note that the ultimate responsibility rests with the SNAP household in reporting changes in a timely fashion.
Failure to comply in this regard, or intentionally withholding information, or filing a fraudulent application, may result in food stamp penalties, including a reduction in benefits, durational sanctions, or permanent disqualification.
Can I use my SNAP benefits at Farmers Markets in Staten Island?
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.
For every $2 spent using SNAP benefits, get $2 in Health Bucks up to $10 a day!
Below is a list of some of the farmers’ markets that accept EBT in Staten Island.
Click here for the full list and further details about each location.
Staten Island Mall Greenmarket
2655 Richmond Ave
Staten Island, NY 10314
Hours: Sat, 8am-3pm
Saint George Greenmarket
St Marks Pl and Hyatt St
Staten Island, NY 10301
Hours: Sat, 9am-1pm
St Marks Pl & Hyatt St
St. Mark’s Place and Hyatt St, Staten Island Open Saturdays, Year-round Market Hours (May-Dec): 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Winter Hours (Jan-April): 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Compost Program: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
In partnership with Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden Schedule Changes:
8:00 am – 1:00 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 New York City.
Here are some popular programs that offer this benefit to SNAP cardholders:
Here’s a list of some of the participating locations:
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling
898 Saint Nicholas Avenue
New York, New York 10032
Open every Saturday. 10:00am – 3:00pm**
Closed Sunday – Friday*
Story Hour. Saturdays at 11:00am and 1:00pm
An intimate storytelling presentation takes place every Saturday at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Each session features a solo performer with roots in the community.
Admission is $3 for visitors who present an EBT Card and a form of ID, as part of Museums for All program.
Additionally, admission is FREE with Culture Pass.
The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave. at 92nd St.
New York, New York 10128 United States
Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Monday: 11 am – 6 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 6 pm
Friday: 11 am – 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm*
The Jewish Museum offers free admission to community partners and affiliates, visitors with disabilities and their caregiver, and SNAP/EBT cardholders. Advance reservations are recommended.
Long Island Children’s Museum
11 Davis Ave.
Garden City, New York 11530 United States
Wednesday through Friday: 10 am – 3pm*
Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 5pm*
*10am – 11am reserved for Members only. Ticket sales end an hour before closing to allow guests ample time to explore the Museum.
Open Monday, January 17 from 10am – 3pm. Members only from 10am – 11am.
The Long Island Children’s Museum offers free admission to SNAP/EBT cardholders as part of Museums for All program.
Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
128 E 63rd St.
New York, New York 10065 United States
Wednesday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
The Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators is a proud participating Museum of Museums for All member, a national access program that encourages individuals of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.
Through Museums for All, those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) can gain free or reduced admission to more than 700 museums throughout the United States simply by presenting their SNAP EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefit Transfer) card.
Long Island Explorium Children’s Museum of Science & Engineering
101 East Broadway Port Jeff Harbor
Port Jefferson, New York 11777 United States
Saturday: 1:00 PM – 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00 PM – 5:00pm
The Long Island Explorium Children’s Museum of Science & Engineering offers FREE admission for SNAP/EBT cardholders and family members within their household.
Talk to one of their staff members to obtain an annual membership.
Staten Island Food Stamps Summary
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