The New York City Human Resources Department lists several ways to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program if you live in Queens. You can apply online, in person, by fax or by mail. After you submit your application, the SNAP office will schedule an interview with a caseworker. For first-time applicants, participating in this interview is required before you can receive assistance.
You must provide certain documents that support the information you report on your SNAP application. You'll need documentation for each household member that shows:
- Proof of citizenship (birth certificates or green cards)
- Date of birth (driver's license, passport, birth certificate)
- Dependent care costs if you pay for daycare (cancelled checks, receipts or a statement from the daycare)
- Proof of disability (statement from medical professional or Social Security benefit award letter)
- Income from all sources (wages, spousal support, child support, interest, dividends, military pay, Social Security benefits, self employment, etc.)
- Proof of address (lease or mortgage)
- Proof of housing expenses (current utility bills, tax records, water bill or fuel bills)
- Proof of medical expenses (medical bills)
- School attendance if children live in your household (statement from the school or school records)
You can submit the documents in person, by mail or by fax.
Apply for SNAP online through ACCESS NYC. Before applying, use the screening tool to help determine your eligibility based on household size and income. You'll need to create a username and password before you can apply. After submitting your application, sign into your ACCESS account to check the status or report any changes.
Apply In Person
Apply in person at a SNAP office. In Queens, the SNAP office is located at:
32-20 Northern Blvd.
2nd Floor, LIC, NY 11101
The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional SNAP offices in the area, visit Foodhelp.nyc. If some cases, the interview is held the same day you complete the application. Although you can submit your documents after your application, help avoid processing delays by having your documents on hand. To contact the office by phone, call 718-722-8013.
Apply by Mail or Fax
Print the paper application available on the ACCESS NYC website. If you don't have access to a printer, call or write the SNAP office to have an application sent to your home address. Mail or fax the completed application to your local SNAP office. The fax number for the Queens SNAP office is 917-639-2492.
If you have no money and you're in need of help immediately, you may qualify for expedited benefits, which are available within 5 days. Regular SNAP benefits take 30 days to process.
Jeannine Mancini, a Florida native, has been writing business and personal finance articles since 2003. Her articles have been published in the Florida Today and Orlando Sentinel. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida.