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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Did you know that 1 in 8 New Yorkers Faces Hunger?  These are children who go to bed hungry, senior citizens who have to decide between buying groceries and purchasing medication, students whose education is threatened because they don't have enough to eat, parents who do without so their children can have food on the table, and so many more low-income New Yorkers.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps to alleviate hunger through a monthly financial supplement that can stretch your food budget.  Funds are loaded onto an EBT card that can be swiped at grocery stores in the same way you would swipe a debit card.  

SNAP Benefits can be enormously helpful when you are struggling to put food on the table, but are underutilized for a number of reasons, including a lack of understanding about how they work, unfamiliarity with program eligibility, lack of access, and difficulty filling out program applications.  According to the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, nearly one in four potentially eligible New Yorkers is not receiving SNAP benefits. 

Think you might be eligible?  We can help.  Our Snap Assistance Clinics are free and open to the public.  Stop by to determine your eligibility!  Our SNAP Advocates conduct confidential pre-screenings to determine eligibility and assist with submitting the application. 

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House clinics are held from 10:00 - 1:00 every Wednesday.  Clinics at Bellevue Hospital are held from 9:00 - 3:00 every Friday.  Click here to download a PDF with more information, including the documentation you should bring with you.

Please call our intake hotline at 212-218-0503 or send us an email using the form below for more information.

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