Benefits Access

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Increasing Access to Food & Benefits Through our Benefits Access Department

Our Benefits Access team busts through red tape to help low-income New Yorkers access vital food benefits. We aid individuals and families through each step of the SNAP application process, from conducting pre-screenings and filing applications to serving as client advocates. We also provide support with recertifications, ensuring that eligible families continue to receive benefits without interruption. Our multi-lingual staff speaks English, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, and Cantonese; enabling us to work across four of the five boroughs in diverse communities.

Learn more about SNAP and WIC assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak in NYC.

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*Please note that our Benefits Access Team assists only those living in New York City. For help finding food assistance in other parts of the US and Puerto Rico, please call the USDA National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE.

SNAP / Food Stamps Application & WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)

Our Benefits Access team connects eligible individuals with SNAP benefits through application assistance at sites across the city. Our WIC Help Specialists assist families in applying for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Are you possibly eligible? Answer a few questions on our new NYC Nutrition Benefits Calculator and find out!

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After determining your eligibility with our NYC Nutrition Benefits Calculator, contact one of our Benefits Specialists for assistance submitting your application:

Christina Tu: (646) 935-3513 (Chinese/ English)

Gira Peguero: (646) 350-0353 (Spanish/English)

Ari Suarez: (646) 863-7122 (Spanish/English)

Lily Dosina: (WIC Help Specialist) (646) 930-4526 (Spanish/English)

Need food now? Click here for our Neighborhood Guides to Food and Assistance!

NYC Neighborhood Guides to Food and Assistance

For the past ten years our Benefits Access Department has been distributing these invaluable guides to low-income community members across the city.  To date, it has distributed over 1 million copies of our Neighborhood Guides to Food & Assistance, which are published in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, & Russian. For more information, or to order in bulk, please contact Angelica Gibson at 646-350-3833, or email

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To donate to the Guides to Food and Assistance Program, please go here!