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Saturday, April 19, 2014
SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP)

SNAP BENEFITS 

The Food Stamps Program is now called SNAP, which stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The SNAP program is a nutrition assistance program that changes lives and helps communities.

 

  • SNAP is an entitlement program.
  • You can use SNAP benefits at farmer's markets
  • You can purchase seeds and seedlings with SNAP
  • You can use manufacturer's coupons with your SNAP benefits

SNAP is a federally funded program administered by Cayuga County Human Services Department for the United States Department of Agriculture.   The goal of the program is to provide a higher level of nutrition to income eligible individuals and families by enhancing their ability to purchase healthy food.  

There is additional information about the SNAP program including retailers and farmer's markets where you can use your benefits at:

otda.ny.gov/programs/snap/

 

HOW TO APPLY

  • The fastest way to apply for SNAP benefits is to apply electronically at www.myBenefits.ny.gov
  • Come to the Cayuga County Office Building, Third Floor, at 160 Genesee Street, Auburn, New York
  • Contact the SNAP office at (315) 253-1210, FAX (315) 253-4960
  • You can also contact Kristie Rath, Nutrition Outreach & Education Program Coordinator for Cayuga County at 1-866-839-7304 x 270. She may be able to help you apply!

If you are interested in nutrition education to help your family eat better for less, you can go to www.choosemyplate.gov - sponsored by USDA or contact Eat Smart NY, free to all SNAP households at (315) 255-1183 at the Cayuga County Cooperative Extension.

For additional information on the NYS Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), call or visit the web at:

Our normal operating hours are 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday with summer hours in July and August of 8 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday.