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U.S. Department of Agriculture
Food Stamps Program


Do you need help feeding your family?

Food Stamps may help!

Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the New York State Food Stamp (FS) Program, known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used like cash at authorized retail food stores. Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income, assets and other factors. To help with the transition to self-sufficiency, SNAP may be continued for families leaving Temporary Assistance to move into the workplace. The SNAP income eligibility limits enable families earning up to 130% of the poverty level to qualify for the program, and there is no time limit for receipt of benefits for families with children.

SNAP helps families with low income to buy food.

Effective 10/1/11

Household Size Monthly Gross

(130% of
Poverty Level)

1 $1,180
2 $1,594
3 $2,008
4 $2,422
5 $2,836
Each additional
+$ 414

Nutritious food is important for your health and the health of your family.

  • If you have low income, you may be able to get SNAP.
  • If you own a home and/or a car, you may still be able to get SNAP.
  • You may qualify if you have child or elder care costs, pay child support, or if you are elderly or disabled and have high medical expenses.
  • You may get SNAP even if you receive Social Security, Supplemental Income (SSI), and/or retirement benefits.
  • You may qualify even if you are living with others.
  • If your cash assistance closes because of increased income, ask if you are still eligible for food stamps.
  • You will get a plastic card that will allow you to get your SNAP benefits.

The only way to know if you can get SNAP is to apply.

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Questions about Oswego County Social Services?
E-mail or call 315-963-5486.