Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
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 the myBenefits website. 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.
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
Further information on eligibility for SNAP (food stamp) and other public assistance benefits can be accessed on the myBenefits website.
Nondiscrimination Statement (Aviso sobre Normas Antidiscriminatorias (PDF))
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF), (AD-3027) found online, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
- mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
- fax: (202) 690-7442; or
- email USDA
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.