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
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.