Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Are you looking for a community service or program to help someone and don’t know where to go? NY Connects is a free service available to all County residents. Call our local NY Connects helpline for assistance from specially trained operators who can guide you through the available resources in our community or do a search at the state wide resource directory website online at nyconnects.ny.gov. NY Connects’ goal is to empower individuals and families to identify available services and supports and choose what will best meet their needs at home, in the community and as necessary in residential or institutional settings. NY Connects provides free, comprehensive, objective information and assistance about long term community services and supports that may be right for you.

SNAP is a federal program that is funded by the United States department of Agriculture (USDA). Congress authorizes SNAP through the Farm Bill every five years. SNAP is our nation’s primary nutrition assistance program, providing monthly benefits to purchase food for all who meet program guidelines. The New York State office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is responsible for administering SNAP in New York State. SNAP benefits help low-income working people, senior citizens, the disabled and others feed their familiesYork state office of temporary Assistance YS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

The focus of SNAP is to provide healthy nutrition to everyone. SNAP is available for anyone who meets the income guidelines, if you get it, it does not mean that you are taking away from anyone else. SNAP can even be used at the local farmer’s markets for fresh in season foods like corn on the cob or peaches. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food. You can use them to pay for home delivered meals if you qualify for them. If you are struggling to afford both groceries and medication or pay other bills, SNAP may be able to help stretch your budget.

There are several ways to apply for SNAP benefits in New York state. You can go online to the OTDA website: otda.ny.gov/ or visit mybenefits.NY.gov. Chautauqua County has a Nutrition Outreach Education Program Coordinator who can easily provide free pre-screening to anyone interested to see if they qualify over the telephone. The SNAP coordinator covers all of Chautauqua County working with all the local agencies and food pantries to help insure that everyone is able to have food on the table. The NOEP coordinator can help you fill out an application, submit your documents and follow up with you if needed. If you are interested, Chautauqua County residents can call toll-free: 1-877-686-9202 or 244-7337. Or simply walk-in at the Catholic Charities building of Westgate Plaza on Third Street (560 W. Third St., side parking lot door).

The NY Connects Helpline at 753-4582, 363-4582 or 661-7582 or e-mail us at CCNYC@co.chautauqua.ny.us. NY Connects is the place to call to get connected to the help you need. NY Connects assists people of all ages. NY Connects offers information and assistance services which are confidential, free and focused on your needs and resources available to you and/or your loved ones. NY Connects is brought to you by the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging and the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services.

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