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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income working people, seniors, and the disabled to put healthy food on the table.  SNAP benefits are issued electronically monthly.  

SNAP eligibility is based on household income, household size, and other factors. 

Applying for or receiving SNAP benefits does not make you a public charge and will not be considered in a public charge determination. 



Where Can I Apply?

For fast, easy and confidential service, which is available 24 hours a day, visit where you can:

  • Check to see if you are eligible for SNAP (and other benefits)
  • Apply for SNAP benefits 
  • Track your application

 You can also apply in person at these Dutchess County locations:


  • 845-486-3000
  • 845-486-3090
  • Department of Community and Family Services (DCFS)
    60 Market Street
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Community Action Partnership (CAP)
77 Cannon Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Tel: 845-452-5104
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Visit DutchessCAP for more CAP locations

DCFS Beacon
223 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508
Tel: 845-838-4800, Fax: 845-838-4888
Monday-Friday   9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
DCFS Eastern Dutchess Government Center
131 County House Road, Millbrook, NY 12545
Tel: 845-677-5532, Fax 845-677-5508
Monday-Friday  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
DCFS Main Office
60 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Tel: 845-486-3000, Fax: 845-486-3232
Monday-Friday  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesdays – emergencies only

Have additional questions about SNAP? Call 845-486-3250 or fax 845-486-3232.

Summer Meals

Summer Meals are free, healthy meals for kids and teens that are served at favorite summertime places when the school year is over. Anyone ages 18 and under can come when breakfast, lunch, and/or snacks are served. There is no sign-up or paperwork and adults are welcome to bring their own meals and eat with their kids. Many places that offer Summer Meals have fun activities too!

Find a Summer Meals NY location near you or

Find Out More

To learn more about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program, visit the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance website

NON-DISCRIMINATION NOTICE – In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA..

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audio tape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027 .pdf) found online, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
With respect to public accommodations, New York State additionally prohibits discrimination based on gender identity, transgender status, gender dysphoria, sexual orientation, marital status, and military status.