Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (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 purchase seeds and seedlings with SNAP
  • You can use manufacturer's coupons with your SNAP benefits
  • You can use SNAP benefits at farmer's markets

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 the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

How to Apply

  • The fastest way to apply for SNAP benefits is to apply electronically at New York My Benefits
  • Visit or contact the SNAP office
  • Need help applying, contact the Food Bank of Central New York. Their team will connect you to an Outreach Coordinator who will assist you in applying for SNAP benefit.   866-839-7304    

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

For additional information on the New York State (NYS) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP):

  • Call 800-522-5006 for the NYS Growing Up Healthy Hotline
  • Text the word food to 877-877 and receive a text back with open site information
  • Visit Summer Meals New York.