Social Services Department, Tompkins County - Temporary Assistance and SNAP (Food Stamps)

Resource Details
Alternate Name Temporary Assistance and SNAP (Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program, aka "Food Stamps")
Description August 2020 Update: individuals and families can apply for all benefits online at

Callers asking about P-EBT, or Pandemic EBT, can call their helpline at

Financial help for families and individuals needing emergency assistance. Eligibility and benefits vary by household situation.

SNAP (Food Stamps) ABAWD Work Requirements Hotline: 607-274-5202

SNAP (Food Stamps) Information/Appointments: 607-274-5201
Temporary Assistance Info/Appts: 607-274-5348

Programs include:
  • Food Stamps (SNAP): additional monthly benefits to purchase food. Income and resource standards vary according to age, health, household size and household expenditures.  
  • grandparents and other relatives raising relatives' children:  may be eligible for a public assistance grant based only on the child's income and resources. Apply at Temporary Assistance and Food Stamps
  • security deposits in form of agreement letter to landlords
  • Furniture/Bedding- can fill out a Furniture Request Form (Must have open case, can complete intake and open a new case)
Programs ONLY  for individuals with open Temporary Assistance cases:
  • car repair: one-time grant for income-eligible individuals entering or re-entering the work force and needing a vehicle to get to work. Car repair funds can also be obtained by applying through the regular public assistance process.
  • car insurance: may be available in extreme circumstances. Requirements:
    • full intake appointment
    • employment
    • only one car in household
    • off bus route
    • risk of insurance termination
  • transportation assistance: individuals on temporary assistance who find jobs and need transportation funds to get to and from work before receiving their first paycheck may be eligible.
  • transportation to Social Security Disability hearings:  bus pass. Client must:
    • provide information at least three days before hearing
    • leave copy of hearing notice, plus his/her phone number, addressed to Amy Mills, at DSS front desk. She arrangements for  trip.

Coverage Area NY - Tompkins County;

Defined coverage areas:
New York - Tompkins County
Physical Address 320 West Martin Luther King Junior/State Street
Ithaca City NY
14850 United States
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Hours of operation:
Mon: 8:30am 4:30pm
Tue: 8:30am 4:30pm
Wed: 8:30am 4:30pm
Thu: 8:30am 4:30pm
Fri: 8:30am 4:30pm
Contact Information
Mailing Address 320 W MLK Jr/State St
Ithaca NY
14850 United States
Fax Number 607-274-5247
Main 607-274-5348
Main 607-274-5201
SNAP Work Hotline 607-274-5202
OTDA 833-452-0096