Once winter comes, work slows down or stops altogether for many New Yorkers. Construction workers, farm workers and others with seasonal jobs often struggle to make ends meet once the weather turns cold. People who have trouble affording enough food during slow work times may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.
SNAP supplements monthly food budgets, helping people buy healthy food for themselves and their families. It also helps the economy by bringing much-needed revenue to local grocery stores, bodegas and farmers markets.
Free, one-on-one SNAP application assistance is available through the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP). Local NOEP Coordinators offer prescreenings to determine if people may be eligible for SNAP and can help with the application process from start to finish.
For more information, contact your local NOEP Coordinator at (315) 255-1703 ext. 237
Danielle Schneider is the Cayuga County Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program coordinator through Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency Inc.