The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides low- and no-income individuals and families money to buy food each month. If you are eligible for SNAP, you will receive an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card that you use like a debit card at most grocery stores and some farmers markets to buy food. Your eligibility and the amount you receive each month depends on your household size and income.
There are often employment requirements for able-bodied adults, though there can be exceptions. It is important to discuss your case with your local state social services caseworker to find out if these requirements apply to you. There are also special rules for households which include a member who is elderly (age 60 or older) or disabled.
Additional information about SNAP can be found at the federal government’s web page for the program: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/
New York specific information can be found at the following links: