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What is the highest income to qualify for SNAP in New York?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a federal program, is administered by each state. What is the highest income to qualify for SNAP in New York?

What happens to SNAP benefits if you move to another state?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP, is a government assistance program that provides eligible low-income individuals and families with funds to buy food.

The program is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through its Food and Nutrition Service, in cooperation with state governments. It aims to alleviate hunger and improve the nutrition of its beneficiaries, who number more than 41 million.

Basic income eligibility guidelines for the program are established at the federal level by the USDA, but states have some flexibility in how they implement the program. This means that certain aspects, such as allowable deductions and eligibility criteria, can vary slightly from state to state.

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The federal government sets the general income limits based on the federal poverty level (FPL). Households must have a gross income at or below 130% of the FPL and a net income at or below 100% of the FPL after deductions to qualify for SNAP.

Some states, including New York, use Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE), which allows for higher income thresholds and asset limits.

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What is the highest income to qualify for SNAP in New York?

According to the government benefits website, New York residents can qualify for the benefit if they meet one of the following requirements:

  • Have a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or
  • Have a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with one of the following: a person or persons age 60 and over or a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself).

To be eligible for the program, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that falls within these parameters:


If your household has more than eight people, add $6,994 per additional household member.

How do beneficiaries receive SNAP assistance?

SNAP benefits are distributed through an Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT card, which functions like a debit card and can be used to buy eligible food items at authorized retailers, including grocery stores, supermarkets, and farmers’ markets.

The types of food that can be purchased with SNAP benefits include fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, poultry, fish, bread, cereals, and certain other staple foods.