If you already get SNAP benefits in New York State, as long as you do not also get Temporary Assistance (cash) benefits, you can re-certify (renew your benefits) without coming into our offices. Two months prior to the end of the re-certification period, you will receive a re-certification packet in the mail that includes a SNAP application and a scheduled interview appointment on page 1.
There are three important steps in the re-certification process:
- You must submit a Re-certification application before you can be interviewed on your scheduled interview appointment shown on page one of your re-certification packet. You can submit your SNAP Re-certification by mail, from your home by using the internet (www.myBenefits.ny.gov), by fax, or in person at 158 Pearl Street, Buffalo NY 14202.
- After you submit your application, you must be interviewed. If you submit your application AFTER the scheduled interview appointment on page one of your re-certification packet, then it is YOUR responsibility to re-schedule your interview appointment before the end of your re-certification period.
- After your interview, you may be asked to submit additional documents related to your income or circumstances.