Food Assistance Programs

There are programs out there to ensure that everyone, regardless of income, has consistent access to food. We understand that tracking down information about these programs such as eligibility requirements and how/where to apply can be frustrating. Do not fret, we’re here to help!



What is SNAP?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food. SNAP helps low-income working people, senior citizens, the disabled and others feed their families.

What can I purchase with SNAP?

Food for your household to eat, such as:

bread and cereals
fruits and vegetables
meats, fish, and poultry
dairy products

What can’t I purchase with SNAP?

Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco.
Any nonfood items, such as:
pet food, soap, paper products, household supplies, vitamins, and medicine.
Food that will be eaten in the store (ready to eat).

Where can I apply for SNAP?

Apply online;  Click Here
You can apply in person at these Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services locations:
DCFS Main Office
60 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Tel: (845) 486-3000, Fax: (845) 486-3232
M, T, Th, F 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesdays – emergencies only
DCFS Beacon
223 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508
Tel: (845) 838-4800, Fax: (845) 838-4888
M-F   9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
DCFS Eastern Dutchess Government Center
131 County House Road, Millbrook, NY 12545
Tel: (845) 677-5532, Fax (845) 677-5508
M-F   9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


To learn more about eligibility, how to apply, and to apply for SNAP

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WIC Program – Women, Infants, Children;

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) offers nutrition education, breastfeeding support, referrals and a variety of nutritious foods to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women, infants and children up to age five to promote and support good health.

WIC improves the health of pregnant women, new mothers and their infants and children. The foods provided through WIC are a good source of nutrients often missing from the diets of women and young children. WIC participants have longer, healthier pregnancies and fewer premature births.

Where can I apply for WIC?

Hudson River Healthcare
29 North Hamilton St.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


Find out more about WIC

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Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)

What is FMNP?

The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides checks to women, infants, and children through the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) and to seniors through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) for the purchase of locally grown, fresh fruits and vegetables.

Fresh fruits and vegetables can be purchased with checks at farmers’ markets during the summer and fall. The program runs from June – November 30.

Find out more about FMNP

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