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By enrolling in direct deposit today, you can get your monthly New York SNAP benefits much sooner. With direct deposit, your food stamps will be automatically disbursed into your account. You can then purchase food from any SNAP retailer using your Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which works just like a credit or debit card. Opening a direct deposit account is cost-free and takes very little time, but it will save you big in the long run.
Food Stamps and Direct Deposit
Direct deposit allows you to skip the usual wait associated with getting your food stamps via mail. Choosing direct deposit is also the safest way to get your SNAP benefits, as they cannot become lost or stolen on their way to your home. Direct deposit also saves you the hassle of ever having to pick up your SNAP benefits in person. Those who elect to get their food stamps through direct deposit typically receive their benefits several days earlier than those who use another method. Quick and convenient access to your SNAP benefits ensures that you will not be out of food money at the end of a benefits cycle.
Additional Benefits of Direct Deposit
Using direct deposit will help you with more than just your food stamps. You can receive any form of payment sooner, including paychecks, tax refunds and benefits like unemployment compensation or Supplemental Security Income. Getting your payments immediately helps you to avoid overdraft fees and eliminates inconvenient trips to the bank.
What Is SNAP in New York?
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is also commonly known as the Food Stamps Program. It provides low-income individuals and families with assistance benefits that allow them to purchase approved food items. However, various foods and non-food items cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits. Learn more about the benefits provided by the SNAP program, as well as how you can apply, here.
Who Can Receive New York Food Stamps?
SNAP applicants in New York must meet numerous eligibility qualifications in order to receive benefits from the program. Eligibility criteria for food stamps include income requirements, resource requirements and work requirements. For more details on all of the eligibility qualifications you must meet to obtain New York food stamp benefits, download our guide.