Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)

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Key Information for the Public in the need of or in receipt of Public Benefits during the Covid-19 Pandemic:

To help stop the spread of COVID-19 Lewis County DSS is asking applicants to do everything they can through myBenefits.ny.gov.  Please call the agency at 315-376-5400 with any questions prior to coming into the office. Currently All SNAP, Temporary Assistance and HEAP application interviews may be done by phone.

 

To Apply for SNAP or HEAP you can do so online at:  www.mybenefits.ny.gov

OR

To Apply for SNAP, Temporary Assistance or HEAP, you can also go to www.otda.ny.gov  and print off an application.

Or

Call 315-376-5400 and an application can be mailed to you.

 

You can submit the application and/or supporting documentation by:

  • Fax:  315-376-4112
  • Mail: PO Box 193 Lowville, NY 13367
  • Drop box:  Located at the main entrance of the Social Services Building

 

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food. SNAP helps low-income working people, senior citizens, the disabled and others feed their families. Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income and other factors.

It is possible to get SNAP right away, or within a few days of applying.   If you have little or no money and need help right away, you may qualify for "expedited" SNAP. If you do, you must receive your initial SNAP benefit within five days. You will still have to complete the eligibility process and supply all the required documentation at a later date. 

 

Any Stimulus rebate payments from the Federal Government’s CARE Act will be excluded as income.




The purpose of the federally funded Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program

(SNAP), formerly known in New York State as the Food Stamp Program, is to reduce hunger and malnutrition by supplementing the food purchasing of eligible low-income individuals.

All persons, even if they are members of different families, who customarily purchase and prepare meals together are to be considered members of the same SNAP benefits household and will need to apply together.

An application can be completed online or in person. To apply online, please visit https://www.mybenefits.ny.gov/mybenefits/begin .   An interview needs to be conducted and can be done over the phone by calling (315) 376.5400 or face to face in the office located on Outer Stowe Street, Lowville, NY 13367 for all Lewis County residents. 

Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income and other factors.

Documents that are or may be required:

  • An applicant’s Identity
  • Residency in the County
  • Date of Birth/Citizenship
  • Social Security Number
  • Income

If eligible for SNAP benefits the following could be verified and possible increase your benefits.  Expenses such as:

  • Shelter costs
  • Fuel and or utility bills
  • Childcare costs
  • Support payments made to someone outside of the household
  • Medical expenses

For more information regarding Benefits, Eligibility, to Apply or for Recertification, please visit https://otda.ny.gov/programs/snap/ or please contact Lewis County Department of Social Services at (315) 376.5400.

If you qualify for SNAP, you qualify for free school meals.

Nondiscrimination Statement (Aviso sobre Normas Antidiscriminatorias)

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, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.

With respect to public accommodations, New York State additionally prohibits discrimination based on gender identity, transgender status, gender dysphoria, sexual orientation, marital status, and military status.