Expedited Food Stamps are food stamps you can get quickly. You and members of your household may be eligible for them if you are in one of the following categories:
If you reside in Nassau County, go to the first floor of the Department of Social Services Building at 60 Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Uniondale NY 11553-3656.
If you reside in Suffolk County, there are four Department of Social Services Centers where you can apply:
You should apply at the Center closest to where you reside. Tell the worker that you are in need of Expedited Food Stamps.
The worker should give you an application to fill out. You will have to prove:
You should not be denied Expedited Food Stamps because you cannot provide written proof of the items listed above, but the more written proof you have, the better your chances will be.
You will be interviewed. Your interview must be conducted on the same day you request Expedited Food Stamps. You should be notified at the end of the interview if you are eligible or not.
You can usually get Expedited Food Stamps within a day or two. If you get to DSS by 8:30 a.m., you may be able to get them within 24 hours, but you should know that the law permits DSS to take up to 7 days to issue Expedited Food Stamps. If you have no food, ask for an immediate referral to a food pantry.
Not automatically. In order to continue receiving Food Stamps, you must complete the application process. This means that you will be called back for another interview and asked to submit certain documents. If you do not follow through, you will not continue to receive Food Stamps.
If you can’t travel for medical reasons or because you do not have transportation, you can appoint a representative to go to DSS and apply for Expedited Food Stamps for you.
If you don’t have anyone to appoint as your representative, you can call the Food Stamp Office in Nassau County at (516) 227-8523.
In Suffolk County you should call the Center closest to where you reside:
Ask them to waive the face-to-face interview. If they agree, your application information can be taken over the telephone, and the application will be mailed to you for your signature. It is important that you mail back the application as soon as possible, because the processing period will not begin until the signed application is received by DSS.
If you are not allowed to apply for Expedited Food Stamps or are denied them, please feel free to call us for help. Delays in processing Food Stamps applications or recertifications should be reported to the Empire Justice Center in connection with recent class action litigation at (631) 650-2305.
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