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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

*NOTICE - SNAP Emergency Allotments to End in February*

SNAP is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is a nutrition program that strives to assist eligible individuals in acquiring adequate food for themselves and their families. Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income and other factors. The SNAP income eligibility limits enable families earning up to 130% of the poverty level to qualify for these benefits.

Applications are taken in person at the Department of Social Services, 64 Broadway, Fonda, NY and also at our Amsterdam location at 1 Venner Rd. Amsterdam, NY 12010, but it is encouraged to utilize the New York State SNAP Website* for faster processing.

Due to the recent changes that have taken place and NY Pause we have adjusted and added additional ways for information to be accepted.

Currently there are drop boxes at both locations (Fonda the yellow mailbox outside and in Amsterdam a black mailbox that is just outside the office). Drop boxes can be used for applications and/or information requested. We encourage you to apply online using one of the links below.

NY DOC Submit is another way to get information to us that is requested/needed to process any application.

Having a hard time making ends meet? Check your eligibility for economic supports at

Temporary Assistance

There are 3 basic forms of Temporary Assistance:

  • Temporary Assistance to Need Families (TANF) - provides temporary support for families with children.
  • Safety Net Assistance (SN) - provides temporary support for individuals, childless couples or families not eligible for TANF.
  • Emergency Assistance to Families (EAF) or Emergency Assistance to Adults (EAA) - provides for individuals with an immediate need such as an eviction, utility shut-off, no heat, etc.

In order to qualify for TANF or SN, individuals are required to comply with all employment requirements, pass income and resource tests and utilize any other forms of support that may be available to them.


Nondiscrimination Statement (Aviso sobre Normas Antidiscriminatorias)

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027)*, also available at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by any one of the following:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.