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SNAP (a/k/a: Food Stamps) is a Federal nutrition assistance program designed to supplement a household's food budget. The amount of SNAP benefits received is based upon factors such as household size, income, assets, shelter costs, etc. Eligible households access benefits through an electronic benefit transfer system ( EBT) by using a benefit card and PIN at participating food retailers.


How Do You Apply?
You can now apply for SNAP benefits online, by mail, fax, or in person at your local Department of Social Services or Food Stamp office ( NYC only).

  • Apply Online - You may apply for SNAP using the internet if you live in New York State by going to: myBenefits.ny.gov
  • Apply by mail, fax or in person - You may apply by filing an application by mail, fax, or in person at your local Department of Social Services or Food Stamp office ( NYC only). You may pick up an application, request an application to be mailed to you , or print an application by going to: http://otda.ny.gov/programs/applications/. The current SNAP application form is available to print in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Korean, and Russian. To find out the location of your nearest local Department of Social Services or Food Stamp office ( NYC only) go to: http://otda.ny.gov/programs/applications/.
  • If you are applying for other assistance programs (Temporary Assistance, Medicaid) at the same time that you are applying for SNAP benefits, use the common application form, LDSS-2921. You may pick up an application, request and application to be mailed to you, or print an application by going to: http://otda.ny.gov/programs/applications/2921.pdf . The current common application form is available to print in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Korean, and Russian.
  • For additional information on the application process for Chenango residents please click on this link: SNAP application information for Chenango County residents.

In many locations throughout New York State, community organizations and nutrition outreach providers can help you get and complete an application for the SNAP Program.

To locate Community Based Organizations in your district go to: http://otda.ny.gov/main/programs/snap/online.asp

To locate a Nutrition Outreach Education Provider (NOEP) in your district go to: http://hungersolutionsny.org or click on the following link for information on NOEP in Chenango County: NOEP

For information on the School Breakfast Program - click here.

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), is a program administered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED).   Summer should be a stress-free time full of food, friends and fun. Free summer meals can help. During the summer months, children 18 and under can receive free, nutritious meals at Summer Food Service Program meal sites. Many sites also offer fun activities, so kids and teens can stay active and spend time with friends while enjoying healthy meals. Meals and snacks are also available to persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled. To locate a site in your community or for further information, please call the National Hunger Hotline at: 1-866-3-HUNGRY, text “food” or “comida” to 877-877, or go to: www.Summermealsny.org.


-              Calling 2-1-1 will provide SFSP information

-              USDA National Hunger Hotline: 866-3-HUNGRY or 877-8-HAMBRE

-              More information may be found at: www.Summermealsny.org

-              Online mapping tool is available to locate the nearest open sites: http://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks


Additional Links:
EBT (24hr) Toll Free Helpline: 1.888.328.6399


USDA Food and Nutrition Service  SNAP Program Information http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/


Eat Smart NY! - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County http://ccechenango99.squarespace.com/eat-smart-ny/


Food Bank of Central New York

Hunger Solutions New York - Nutrition Outreach and Education Programs http://hungersolutionsny.org/index.php/info/noep-center/

myBenefits - NYS OTDA Internet Prescreening Tool


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.  Chenango County DSS adheres to federal non-discrimination requirements;  for more information and instructions on how to file a complaint follow the link below:


Chenango County

Department of Social Services
County Office Building
5 Court Street
Norwich, NY 13815

Hours: 8:30AM - 5:00PM (Monday - Friday)
Phone: 607.337.1500
Toll Free: 877.337.1501
Fax: 607.337.1525