Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Note: Effective August 29, 2012, the Food Stamp Program was renamed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Having a hard time making ends meet? Check your eligibility for economic supports on the My Benefits website.

Income Eligibility

SNAP is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with the focus on nutrition. The program issues monthly benefits redeemable at authorized food retail stores with an EBT card. Eligibility and benefits levels are based on household size and income.

The SNAP income limits enable the families’ earnings to be up to 130% of the poverty level to qualify. To help in the transition to self-sufficiency, SNAP can be continued for families leaving temporary assistance to move into the work place. For more information, contact the USDA.


Regulations state that certain household members must apply together. These individuals would include spouses who reside together, children under the age of 22 residing with their parent, and any minors under 18 living with an adult who provides parental control. This would include non-related household members who buy and prepare meals together.

For more information, see the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Fact Sheet (link is external)or call us at 315-366-2211.

How to Apply

  • To apply for SNAP benefits in Madison County, you can apply with a SNAP benefits application LDSS-4826 or you may complete an online application on the My Benefits website.
  • You may have a face-to-face interview or telephone interview.

Eligibility for “Expedited” SNAP Benefits

You may qualify for “expedited” SNAP benefits if your household meets the following criteria:

  • Household with less than $150 in monthly gross income provided their liquid resources (i.e., checking or savings accounts, saving certificates, and lump sum payments) do not exceed $100
  • Migrant or seasonal farm worker households who are destitute, provided their liquid resources do not exceed $100
  • Eligible households in which all members are homeless
  • Eligible households whose combined monthly gross income and liquid resources are less than the households rent/mortgage plus heating/utilities

If eligible your household could receive SNAP benefits up to five days after the application has been submitted to the local agency.

Where to Apply

  • You may apply in person at the Madison County Department of Social Services from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
  • You may apply on the My Benefits website.
  • You may apply with the N.O.E.P. from Community Action Program.