Nutrition Outreach Education Program

Connecting hungry New Yorkers with nutritional assistance programs

The Nutrition and Education Outreach Program (NOEP) offers free and confidential services to connect hungry New Yorkers with nutrition assistance programs.

NOEP's primary focus is increasing participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  SNAP is our nation's first line of defense against hunger stretching the monthly food budgets of all who meet program guidelines.

Hunger Solutions New York trains NOEP outreach workers in SNAP guidelines to provide individuals and households with confidential and accurate pre-screenings and application assistance. A NOEP Coordinator:

  • Helps applicants gather and copy the necessary documents for application
  • Offers home visits and in-person or over-the-phone assistance for applicants who need individualized help
  • Works closely with local government offices to ensure that each application is processed correctly
  • Identify and remedy barriers to SNAP participation
  • Refers households to other nutrition assistance programs and community resources
  • Collaborates with an array of local service providers.

Program FAQ

Nutrition Outreach and Education Program.

Anyone who thinks they may be eligible for SNAP can call the NOEP Coordinator for help with the food stamp application.

No. You can meet with the NOEP Coordinator for a pre-screening and she will help you complete your application and deliver it to DSS for you. She can also set up a food stamp telephone interview for you at DSS.

No! SNAP is an entitlement program. All eligible people are entitled to receive food stamps. When you receive SNAP you are not taking them away from someone else.

No.  SNAP is now purchased with a plastic EBT card that looks like any other credit or debit card.

EBT stands for Electronic Benefits Card and is the way you pay for your food when you receive SNAP. You use the EBT card the same way you would use a credit or debit card.