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Services and Programs Available within Ulster CountyFood Stamp Program
Food Stamp Program
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The Food Stamp Program is a state-administered federal nutrition assistance program, It is designed to be a supplement to the household budget in order to provide a healthy diet, which is an essential component of well-being for persons of all ages, including senior citizens.  Assistance is available to those who meet financial eligibility guidelines. 

Although the program is still called ‘Food Stamps,’ it does not use coupons or food stamp books. Since December of 2000, the system has been changed to an electronic one, called the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT). Benefits are authorized in an account that is accessed by the recipient at participating retail stores through the use of a benefit card and personal identification number (PIN). 

It works much the same way a bank debit card does. Each month, an amount of credit is placed in the account, and the recipient can spend up to that amount for food.

Services in this Category

Ulster County Department of Social Services

Program Address: 1051 Development Court, Kingston NY 12401 Program Phone: (845) 334-5200 Program Services:

Monthly financial assistance to be used specifically for the purchase of food.

Program Hours:

New applications are accepted Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Interviews are conducted Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

How is the Program Accessed:

Food Stamp applications are also accepted at town offices throughout the county as follows:


Town of Lloyd Town of Marlboro

Highland Town Hall Marlboro Town Hall

12 Church St. Rt. 9W

Highland Milton

1st & 3rd Monday 3rd Monday

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.


Town of New Paltz Town of Plattekill

Town Hall Town Hall

130 N. Chestnut St. Rt. 44-55

New Paltz Modena

1st and 3rd Friday 3rd Tuesday

10 – 11:30 a.m. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.


Town of Saugerties Town of Shandaken

Town Hall Town Hall

4 High St. Rt. 28

Saugerties Shandaken

2nd and 4th Thursday 2nd Tuesday

10 – 11:30 a.m. 10 – 11:30 a.m.


Town of Shawangunk Town of Wawarsing

Town Hall Trudy Resnick Farber Bldg.

2 Central Ave. Center St.

Wallkill Ellenville

3rd Friday Wednesdays

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. 1 – 3 p.m.


For home-bound seniors, arrangements can be made to accommodate special needs; call the office.

More Information:

See also: Ulster County Office for the Aging Senior Dining Sites, Home-Delivered Meals, Congregate Meals, Food Pantries,  Special Needs Food Pantries, Personal Care Items

Program Restrictions:

Although the program is income-based, the criteria for senior citizens is less restrictive. It is based on net income – income after allowable medical costs and shelter deductions are deducted.

Allowable medical costs of more than $35 per month which are excluded from income include:

  • Most medical costs, such as doctor bills, prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication when approved by a doctor, dentures, inpatient and outpatient hospital expenses and nursing care. Other medically-related expenses, such as certain transportation cists, attendant care and health insurance premiums are also included.

How is the Program Accessed:

Call the Department of Social Services for information about when, where  and how to apply.