Supplemental NUtrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Formerly known as the "Food Stamp Program"

SNAP is our nation’s first line of defense against hunger, stretching the monthly food budgets of all who meet program guidelines. SNAP has proven to be a benefit to both families and local businesses, providing provide hunger relief for people with low incomes and stimulating economic activity by bringing SNAP dollars into local communities

The Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) offers free and confidential services to connect hungry New Yorkers with nutrition assistance programs such SNAP. NOEP is available in many counties across the state and throughout all boroughs of New York City. Find a NOEP in your community.

Chemung County residents interested in a free confidential prescreening or needing more information may contact:
Mary Laurey, SNAP Outreach Coordinator
607.796.5592 or email

For SNAP/Food Stamp assistance in the following Southern Tier counties, please call the numbers listed below:
Broome County: 607.723.8313 x827
Schuyler County: 607.535.5133
Steuben County: 607.776.8085 x213
Tioga County: Through June 30: 607-687-6721 x1190
                       After June 30: 607.873.4036
Tompkins County: 607.272.5062 x21

SNAP/Food Stamp Myths

MYTH: Food Stamps are welfare.
FACT: The SNAP Program is a nutrition assistance program. It helps low income people buy nutritious foods. It is not welfare.

MYTH: Only unemployed people can get SNAP/Food Stamps.
FACT: Most people who work at low wage jobs can get SNAP benefits. Many working people use SNAP benefits to help make ends meet.

MYTH: You can’t get Food Stamps if you own a car.
FACT: The amount of SNAP/Food Stamp benefits depends on household size, income certain expenses. A mother with two children who works full time at $7 per pays $350 in rent could receive $180 in SNAP benefits per month.

MYTH: Other people will know I use SNAP/Food Stamps.
FACT: Shopping with SNAP benefits is easier now. People who get benefits get an electronic card. You use the benefits by running the card a machine at the grocery store. Other people will not know you use food benefits.

Prepared by a project of Hunger Solutions New York, USDA/FNS, and NYSOTDA. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

For more information, dial 2-1-1 (or 1-800-346-2211) or visit
You might be eligible to receive monthly food assistance through SNAP (food stamps). Click here to learn more, or call 607-796-5592.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

388 Upper Oakwood Ave.
Elmira, New York 14903

Phone: 607.796.6061
Fax: 607.796.6028
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4 
(Summer hours Mon.-Thurs. 8-4:30; Fri. 8-1)

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