NYC Food Stamp Fraud Lawyers – Food Stamp Eligibility Investigations in New York

NYC Food Stamp Fraud Lawyers – Food Stamp Eligibility Investigations in New York

Food Stamp Eligibility Investigations in New York

There are various programs which distribute benefits known as “food stamps” or food assistance to help low income, disabled or elderly people purchase food. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the program that is used in New York City. The way SNAP benefits are given to people are through  “Electronic Benefits Transfer” cards  (“EBT”). The benefits are deposited into a card, and the person receiving the benefits withdraws the benefits with a personal pin number. The card can be used during checkout while purchasing food or through an ATM.

To determine whether you are eligible, there is a website where you can plug in your household information in a pre screener test. https://mybenefits.ny.gov. The purpose of this pre screener to get basic information on whether you should apply for the benefits.

The main factor that is used to determine whether you are eligible for food assistance benefits is your income. The chart below describes the monthly and annual maximum income amounts one is allowed to have if they want to apply for food stamps. However, in somes cases, even if one’s income is below these maximums, food stamp benefits will not be provided. A SNAP budget must be determined after an application is sent in.

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Income Guidelines (no elderly or disabled member)

Family Size

Monthly Gross Income*

Annual Gross Income*

1

$ 1,245

$ 14,940

2

$ 1,681

$ 20,172

3

$ 2,116

$ 25,392

4

$ 2,552

$ 30,624

Each additional person

$ 436 +

$ 5,232 +

Checking and savings accounts, retirement funds, college saving accounts, stocks, are no longer required in determining your eligibility. This means the main test for eligibility will be the above income levels.

For people who are elderly or disabled, the guidelines are slightly different.

Income Guidelines for Households with an Elderly or Disabled Member and Households with Dependent Care Expenses

Family Size

Monthly Gross Income*

Annual Gross Income*

1

$ 1,915

$ 22,980

2

$ 2,585

$ 31,020

3

$ 3,255

$ 39,060

4

$ 3,925

$ 47,100

Each additional person

$ 670 +

$ 8,040 +

If you meet eligibility, you can apply online at  myBenefits.ny.gov, in person, by mail or fax. By calling  1-800-342-3009, a representative can tell you the contact information of your local social services office. Once you fill out the paperwork, there will need to be an eligibility interview. If you fill out a paper application at the local office, the office can conduct your interview on the same day, or you will be called back to come in another day.

Once you complete the interview and are found eligible for benefits, there will be limits to the amount of benefits you may receive. For example, a household of one person will be allowed $200 a maximum per month. A family of four would receive a larger amount maximum of $668. This means you may receive up to this amount per month, but you could receive less than the maximum as well.

Household Size

Maximum Allotment

1

$ 200

2

$ 367

3

$ 526

4

$ 668

5

$ 793

6

$ 952

7

$ 1,052

8

$ 1,202

For each additional member

$ 150+

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The EBT card may be used at retail stores and Farmer’s Markets. There are only some specific types of food one may use their SNAP benefits for. The benefits may be used to purchase breads, cereals, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, seeds used for growing food to eat, and other types of food items. There are certain items that are restricted and one is not allowed to purchase using food stamps. Some ineligible items include, beer, wine, cigarettes, tobacco, pet food, soap and paper products, supplies for the household, vitamins and medicines, foods that will be eaten at the store and hot foods.

If you already receive SNAP benefits, and do not also receive Cash Assistance, you may recertify for food benefits using a telephone interview instead of going into a local social services office. The telephone number is 1-800-342-3009.

If you are under investigation for food stamp fraud in New York, please call us at (888) 977-6335.

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