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United Way of New York City is now accepting applications for the Phase 36 program year.

To learn more about EFSP funding criteria and how to submit an application, please register here  to attend one of our in-person application information sessions.

Important Information for SNAP Recipients about February Benefits from NYC-HRA

Because of the federal government shutdown, most SNAP recipients will receive their February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits early.

If you received a SNAP benefit in January and were scheduled to receive SNAP in February, your February benefits may be available on your EBT card on January 17th instead of on your scheduled February availability date.

  • This is your entire February benefit. This is not an extra SNAP benefit for January. If you get your February benefit on January 17th, you will not get any more benefits in February. So, it is important that you budget and spend your February benefit with that in mind.
  • If you completed your recertification for SNAP benefits in January and do not receive your February benefit on January 17th, this does not mean that you will not get a February benefit. Your February benefit should be available on your regularly-scheduled February benefit availability date.

Currently, nothing else about SNAP has changed due to the federal government shutdown. All program requirements remain in place. If you get a recertification notice and application, or a periodic report form, please complete it and return it to the New York City Department of Social Services (DSS) promptly so you may continue to receive SNAP benefits in the future. Your requirement to report changes to DSS has also not changed.

For up-to-date information about how the federal shutdown may impact your SNAP benefit, visit Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance website at www.otda.ny.gov and/or nyc.gov/hra

Please download the HRA flyer in English, Spanish, Chinese and Bengali to post at your organization. 

Guidance on E.coli and Romaine Lettuce from California

CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not to eat and retailers and food service establishments not serve or sell any romaine lettuce harvested from the Central Coastal growing regions of northern and central California. This includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad.

Instructions to follow about Romaine Lettuce:

  • Do not distribute or serve any romaine lettuce harvested from the Central Coastal growing regions of northern and central California
  • Check bags or boxes of romaine lettuce for a label indicating where the lettuce was harvested. Romaine lettuce labeled with a harvest region outside of the Central Coastal growing regions of northern and central California (such as the desert growing region near Yuma, the California desert growing region near Imperial County and Riverside County, the state of Florida, and Mexico) is not linked to this outbreak.

If your pantry or kitchen had contaminated Romaine Lettuce:

Hotline Available for Immigrant Families with Questions About Public Benefits

If you or your food pantry/soup kitchen participants have questions about how receiving public benefits, such as food stamps/SNAP, Medicaid, and school meals, may affect immigration status, please call the New Americans Hotline run by Catholic Charities Community Services.  Anyone can call the hotline for information and referrals, regardless of citizenship or documented status. Calls to the hotline are confidential and anonymous. Help is available in over 200 languages.

  • Call 1-800-566-7636 from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday to Friday.