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You may apply for SNAP by mail, in person, or online at

  • Online:
  • Completed applications can be faxed to (716) 858-6834.
  • Completed applications can be mailed to:

- Erie County Department of Social Services

- P.O. Box 120

- Buffalo, NY 14201

- Attention: SNAP Division

Once we receive your signed application, we will schedule an appointment for a phone of in-office interview. You will be notified of your appointment date through the mail or phone.

Submit your completed and signed application (LDSS-4826) with copies of the following documents listed below. Please do not send original documents, only copies are required. 

  • Verification of Identity of the person submitting application (Birth Certificate, etc.) and any authorized representative who may be applying on your behalf. 
  • Verification of current resident and heating expenses.
  • Verification of Earned and Unearned Income; including Wage stubs for the past four (4) weeks or tax forms and/or ledgers to verify self-employment; or Monthly VA Benefits, Pension, Alimony and Child Support, Compensation or Disability payments, etc. 

If you have difficulty obtaining needed documents for verification, our Agency will assist you. 

To reach the SNAP Call Center, call (716) 858-7239.