Food Support Connections

1.4 million New Yorkers live in food-insecure households.

United Way of New York City’s (UWNYC) Food Support Connections (FSC) program is a resource for income-eligible NYC individual families to enroll in SNAP benefits. SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; with SNAP’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, households can purchase food and other qualified food-related items. SNAP also offers programs to help you learn to eat healthily and be active.

SNAP is available to low-income households. If your application meets the qualification, you may be eligible to receive SNAP benefits.

To date:

  • More than 180,000 NYC individuals and families have enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through the UWNYC Food Support Connections (FSC) program
  • Participants have received more than $150 million in SNAP benefits
  • SNAP has generated more than $276 million in economic activity for New York City’s underresourced communities

In collaboration with the New York State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance (NYS OTDA) and six New York City community-based organizations, UWNYC’s FSC program provides free SNAP screening and application assistance to individuals and families throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Food Support Connections is generously supported by NYS OTDA and JPMorgan Chase.

If you are looking to find an FSC screening site to apply for SNAP, prepare for your appointment, or learn more, please contact UWNYC’s FSC hotline at (212)251-4111:

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