Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Frequently Asked Questions for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Benefits

The federal Supplement Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) Program, previously called Food Stamps, is an income based program intended to supplement the food budget of eligible households.  SNAP benefits are provided through an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. This card is used as a debit card at authorized grocery stores.  An EBT account is set up for eligible applicants and every month benefits are deposited to the account.  Additional details regarding the SNAP program and eligibility can be found in this SNAP Fact Sheet.

Frequently Asked Questions for the Emergency Allotment of SNAP Benefits

Please note, all SNAP recipients ages 16 to 59 are required to work, unless they meet at least one of the conditions allowed for an exemption.  To learn more about the work requirements for the SNAP program, please review the SNAP Work Requirements Fact Sheet.

More information about SNAP and the SNAP USDA Nondiscrimination Statement can be found online at

Information on the OTDA website is accessible in many languages by clicking on translate.

Puede encontrar más información sobre SNAP y la Declaración de No Discriminación del USDA de SNAP en línea en Se puede acceder a la información en el sitio web de OTDA en muchos idiomas haciendo clic en traducir.

Detalles adicionales sobre el Programa de SNAP y como calificar se puede encontrar en esta hoja informativa de SNAP-Español.

Porfavor tener en cuenta que toda persona aplicando para SNAP entre 16 y 59 años de edad deben trabajar, a menos que cumplan una de las condiciones permitidas para una excepcion. Para obtener mas informacion sobre los requisitos de trabajo para el programa de SNAP, porfavor revise la hoja informativa en español de datos y requisitos de trabajo de SNAP.


SNAP Applications LDSS-4826 can be submitted online at If you are unable to apply online, applications completed in person at our office, or you may request an application be mailed to you by calling (315) 946-4881 and asking for a SNAP application.

An interview with DSS staff is a requirement of the application process.  If you choose to come into the agency to apply in person, your interview will be completed without an appointment.   If you submit an application online or through the mail, a worker will contact you by phone to complete your interview.