First of all, New York’s SNAP program provides food-purchasing assistance to low-income working people, senior citizens and the disabled. And benefits are paid out monthly to SNAP accounts linked to EBT cards, which can be used to purchase eligible food items at authorized grocery stores, some retail locations and farmers markets. SNAP in New York is administered by two different agencies. If you live in New York City, the Department of Social Services Human Resources Administration is in charge of SNAP benefits. Outside of NYC, SNAP is handled by the New York Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
To check your eligibility for SNAP outside of NYC, you must apply. You can apply for New York SNAP through myBenefits.ny.gov, or print, mail, or fax the SNAP application to your local department of social services. If you live in New York City, you can apply through the online portal ACCESS HRA. You can also pick up an application at your nearest SNAP center, or call the NYC Infoline at 1-718-557-1399 to have an application mailed to you. New York has two SNAP schedules: one for New York City and one for the state. Here is the June 2022 payment schedule for New York State, excluding the five boroughs of New York City:
And here is the New York City SNAP schedule for June 2022. Keep in mind that in New York City, the actual deposit dates change from one month to the next.
Moving onto the state of California, CalFresh provides monthly food assistance to low-income households that meet state and federal eligibility guidelines. And benefits are distributed monthly to CalFresh accounts linked to CalFresh EBT cards. EBT cards can be used in grocery stores and participating farmer’s markets. According to the California Department of Social Services, some farmer’s markets give CalFresh recipients twice the amount of produce they pay for. Simply swipe your EBT card in the card reader machine and enter your PIN to use your benefits. If you’re 60 years or older, you may also qualify for California’s Restaurant Meals Program. This is a state option that allows certain SNAP recipients who might not be able to prepare meals for themselves to be able to buy prepared meals at restaurants with their SNAP benefits. Not all locations participate in this program so make sure to call ahead and ask if CalFresh EBT cards are accepted. You can apply for CalFresh online in as little as 10 minutes through GetCalFresh.org or by calling the CalFresh Info Line at 877-847-3663. If you qualify for expedited CalFresh benefits, you could receive benefits on the same day or within three days following the date your application is received. CalFresh benefits are distributed over the first 10 days of each month. The date your benefits are deposited onto your CalFresh EBT card depends on the last digit of your case number. Benefits are deposited on the assigned day even if that day is a weekend or holiday. Here is the CalFresh deposit schedule for June 2022: