Non-Public Assistance SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called Food Stamps)

The SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) helps low-income households by supplementing their monthly food budget.  Eligible households use an electronic benefit card and PIN (personal ID number) to access their benefits at the supermarket checkout counter, the same way a debit card is used.  There are many supermarkets throughout the county where recipients can use their benefit card.

How to Apply for SNAP

Nassau County residents can apply on-line by clicking  Applicants may also mail in their applications which may be obtained by calling (516) 227-8523.  Residents may also come in during regular business hours.

Income Guidelines

Click Here for USDA SNAP Eligibility

Households containing an individual age 60 or over, or one who is permanently disabled, do not have to meet the gross monthly income test.

Expedited SNAP Benefits

If your household has little or no money and requires help right away, you may be able to receive “expedited” benefits to meet your food needs under SNAP. You must be interviewed first in order to determine eligibility. If you qualify, you will receive your initial benefit within five days of application. You will still have to complete the eligibility process and supply all necessary and requested documentation within 30 days.

Department of Social Services General Information: (516) 227-8519

Related Links:
US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

New York State OTDA SNAP

Further information on eligibility for SNAP (food stamp) and other public assistance benefits can be accessed at