What documents do I need to get benefits?

Use the Document Checklist to learn which documents you should bring to agency visits. 


Department of Education (DOE)

Free Meals During Coronavirus

Any New Yorker who wants a free meal can get one at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city. All adults and children can pick up multiple meals at one time without registering or providing ID. No one will be turned away at any time.

Learn More About Free Meals During Coronavirus

School Meals

The DOE offers free breakfast, lunch, and afterschool meals to all NYC public school students during the school year. You do not need to apply for your child to receive meals.

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Summer Meals

The DOE offers free meals to children 
age 18 and under during the summer. 
No registration, documentation, or ID is required to receive a free breakfast or lunch meal.

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Human Resources Administration (HRA)

Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP)

EFAP provides funding to almost 500 soup kitchens and food pantries across the five boroughs. For information about emergency food program locations and hours of operation, call  866-888-8777 or 311.

Learn More About EFAP

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP (formerly known as "food stamps") provides food assistance for nearly 1.8 million low-income New Yorkers including families, people who are aging, and people with disabilities. The program helps families and individuals supplement the cost of their diet with nutritious foods. Monthly benefits depend on a variety of factors including the household’s size, expenses, and income.

Learn More About SNAP