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Get Freebies with NY Food Stamps!

Get Freebies with NY Food Stamps!

Looking for free admission, free internet and other perks related to NY food stamps or NYC food stamps? A New York food stamps card can do so much more than buy groceries and give you cash benefits. It can also be used for discounted admission, growing a garden and so much more!

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7 Tips About NY Food Stamps

  • Apply for NY food stamps online. Sometimes, we’ll get comments from people who are too nervous to apply in person. The good news is that you can apply online and skip the lines!
  • You can buy fruit trees. It’s true! You can buy much more than just groceries. You can buy seeds and produce-bearing plants with your NY food stamps card! You can also buy certain gift baskets and birthday cakes. Here are some other surprising things you can buy with food stamps.
  • Shop smart. You may be able to get more food for your money at farmer’s markets and You-Pick Strawberry Fields!
  • You may be eligible for more food stamps. We’ve cracked the code on how the food stamps office determines your monthly food stamps allotment… and we’ve discovered ways that you can increase your monthly balance! Learn the trick that 90% of people don’t know about.
  • You can get cash back (it’s legal)! With smart shopping techniques, you can put cash back in your pocket when you shop with EBT. Here’s how.
  • You can shop at many places. Sure, you can spend your NY food stamps at the grocery store down the street… but you may be able to get better deals from places like Costco, Schwan’s and even Community Supported Agriculture programs! Some retailers, such as Farmer’s Markets, often offer double-up programs where you can get twice as much food as you pay for. Here’s where you can shop with EBT. Some retailers (including farmer’s markets) even give you discounts or free stuff if you shop there with your food stamps card!
  • You can use your EBT card in other states! Not only can you shop in other states, you can also get EBT discounts in other states. All of our state lists use green titles to indicate what venues accept out-of-state EBT cards for discounts.

Got NY Food Stamps? You can get discounts and freebies!

We’ve found some incredible EBT discounts in New York. These benefits are available statewide.

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50% off Amazon Prime

Amazon is one of my favorite EBT discounts. Your NY food stamps card can help you get free two-day shipping and free streaming access for about half price. Claim your discount now!ir?t=lir0e 20&l=ur2&o=1 for

$5 Internet

Depending on where you live, you may be able to get discounted Internet from some of these providers. We’ve found around a dozen Internet deals that cost $20 or less – and one starts at just $5/mo! Here’s what you need to know.

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FREE Cell Phones & Service

Stop paying for cell phone service! If you have NY food stamps, you likely also qualify for these FREE smartphones and FREE monthly service plans (including data)! Just pick a provider to get started.

FREE Computers

Low income individuals and families may qualify for a new or better computer for free! Try this.

YMCA Discounts

Can’t afford the YMCA’s normal rates? If you’re low income, you may be able to get a scholarship or discount.

Other Discounts

If you’re looking for EBT discounts in New York, you may also qualify for these programs!

Arts Access is a program for low income residents of Western New York. This program connects you with free and low cost cultural opportunities, such as comedy shows, theater productions and museums!

This program allows you to register for an Art Access card, which can be used to obtain free tickets (at least 2) and transportation to venues and events in your area! To qualify for an Arts Access Pass, you must receive some form of income-based NYS public assistance, such as NY food stamps. Find more information on their website.

As of this writing, participating venues/events include:

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  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  • Aquarium of Niagara
  • Artpark State Park
  • Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
  • Buffalo Choral Arts Society
  • Buffalo History Museum
  • Buffalo Museum of Science
  • Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus
  • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Burchfield Penney Art Center
  • Carnegie Art Center
  • Cepa Gallery
  • Comedysports Buffalo
  • Explore Buffalo Tours
  • Explore & More Children’s Museum
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Darwin Martin House
  • Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
  • Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
  • Irish Classical Theatre Company
  • Just Buffalo Literary Center
  • Kenan Center
  • Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor
  • Music is Art
  • MusicalFare
  • Neglia Ballet
  • Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
  • Peach Mag
  • Road Less Traveled
  • Starlight Studio and Art Gallery
  • Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Center
  • The Big Easy in Buffalo
  • Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Ujima Company
  • WNY Book Arts Center
  • Young Audiences of WNY
  • West Side Community Services
  • Community Health Center of Niagara
  • Delavan Grider Community Center aka Metro Community Development Corp.
  • Matt Urban Hope Center
  • Food Bank of WNY
  • Niagara Falls Public Library
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Get museum admission discounts with your NY food stamps card!

For your convenience, we’ve organized our free and discounted museum admission list alphabetically by city. We’ve also used green titles to indicate the museums that honor EBT cards from all 50 states.

It is important to realize that you cannot pay for admission with your NY food stamps card. You will show the EBT card to receive the discount but you will need to pay the remaining admission price, if any, in cash or with a credit/debit card.

Albany

Albany Institute of History & Art – FREE

AIHA is one of the oldest museums in the United States, founded in 1791. As such, it has one of the most significant collections in the region.

Historic Cherry Hill – FREE

Historic Cherry Hill is a family home with thousands of artifacts and manuscripts spanning three centuries, and 5 generations. Emily Rankin, the last Cherry Hill descendant, bequeathed her house and its contents to “the people of New York State,” where it opened as a museum in 1964, one year after her death. Today Cherry Hill helps students build critical thinking skills and encourages visitors to use history to understand their own places in the world.

Bridgehampton

Children’s Museum of the East End – FREE

This Museums for All participant provides FREE admission to EBT cardholders from any state. The admission provides access to the exhibit galleries, which include an art studio, family tree gallery and more. Mini golf is also available for an extra charge. For more information, please visit the CMEE website.

The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center – FREE

The South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) & Nature Center is a place for people of all ages to explore, learn, engage and experience scientifically accurate galleries, live and recreated natural habitat exhibits; a Marine Touch Tank where visitors can, in the water, hold sea stars, crabs, urchins, and whelks; and terrariums and aquariums featuring local wildlife.

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Buffalo

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House – $3 or less per person

This estate was built between 1903 and 1905 and designed by acclaimed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright as the city home for Buffalo business executive Darwin D. Martin and his family. It is considered one of the great achievements of Wright’s career. In person and virtual tours are available.

Canajoharie

The Arkell Museum – FREE

The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie promotes and celebrates local arts and humanities. Their collections focus on the Mohawk Valley.

Cooperstown

The Farmers Museum – $3 or less per person

Based in New York’s rural past, The Farmer’s Museum is built on land that was once part of a farm owned by James Fenimore Cooper. The farm village includes original and reproduced artifacts.

Fenimore Art Museum – $3 or less per person

The Fenimore Art Museum showcases a wide selection of American Folk Art, American Indian Art, Fine Art and more.

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum – $3 or less per person

Experience the rich history of American baseball through this museum, situated in the picturesque birthplace of baseball itself.

Corning

Corning Museum of Glass – FREE

Established in 1951 by Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated), The Corning Museum of Glass is dedicated to exploring a single material: glass. The Museum’s campus is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of glass, the world’s foremost library on glass, and one of the top glassworking schools in the world. You can watch glass being made all day, every day. SNAP participants receive free admission (up to 4 adults, children 17 and under are free).

Cornwall

Storm King Art Center – FREE

The Storm King Art Center is a 500-acre outdoor museum located in New York’s Hudson Valley. It features a large-scale sculpture garden.

East Aurora

Explore & More Children’s Museum – FREE

Kids love Explore & More! Fun exhibits include a culture center, art room, baby garden and so much more. They also have lots of fun and engaging events! Discover the place where learning and fun come together for FREE when you show your EBT card!

East Meredith

Hanford Mills Museum – FREE

Experience a historic working mill at The Hanford Mills Museum. Originally a sawmill in the 1840s, Hanford Mills also includes a gristmill, feed mill, woodworking shop and more. The sawmill is still powered by the 1926 waterwheel. Learn more at the Hanford Mills Museum website.

Got an NY food stamps card? You and three guests can visit the Hanford Mills Museum absolutely free. Guests under are 12 are always free. Residents of neighboring zip codes 13757, 13739, 13786, 13750, and 13806 can also receive free admission with proof of residency. The Hanford Mills Museum is a Museums for All partner.

Garden City

Long Island Children’s Museum – $3 or less per person

The fun, open environment here encourages children to move freely and test their independence throughout the Patterns Studio, while navigating Climb-It or learning new skills in a hands-on workshop.

Glens Falls

World Awareness Children’s Museum – FREE

The World Awareness Children’s Museum is incredible! Your kiddos can shop for groceries in a Nigerian marketplace, learn how to use chopsticks in a Japanese Washitsu, dress up in world fashion, discover the Amazon Rainforest and more!

Ithaca

The History Center in Tompkins County – FREE

“The History Center is a generation-to-generation education and research center located in Ithaca New York. The Center helps people use the tools of history to understand the past, gain perspective on the present, and play an informed role in shaping the future.”

Museum of the Earth – $1 per person

From trilobites to mastodons, the Museum of the Earth showcases Earth’s prehistoric past with engaging and interactive exhibits. The Museum is home to the most complete mastodon skeletons ever assembled. When you’re done admiring the collection, you can watch paleontologists diligently uncover fossils in the Prep Lab. You can unearth your own in the Fossil Lab.

Sciencenter – $1 per person

“Climb, splash, think, build, and bounce your way through many exhibit galleries filled with full-body science fun. From astronomy to zoology, the Sciencenter offers something special for guests of any age,” says the Sciencenter website.

And families receiving NY food stamps can get admission to the Sciencenter for just $1 per person! This museum was the first in the country to adopt this wonderful program, so be sure to thank them!

Jamaica

King Manor – Donation Only

King Manor is the historic home of Rufus King, one of the Founding Fathers and an early voice in the anti-slavery movement. You can take a guided tour through the home and wander the estate. There is a suggested donation, only.

Katonah

Katonah Museum of Art – FREE

The nationally recognized KMA has 10,000 square feet of exhibits. The KMA offers lectures, films, workshops, concerts and other events. Their Learning Center is an interactive space in where children can come on a daily basis to explore and create art. You must have tickets, but are free when you have an EBT card.

Long Island City

Neue Galerie New York – FREE

Please note that the Neue Galerie does not allow children under age 12 during regular admission hours.

The Noguchi Museum – FREE

The Noguchi Museum was founded and designed by Isamu Noguchi, and is committed to advancing the appreciation of his art and legacy.

New Windsor

Storm King Art Center – FREE

Storm King Art Center is a 500-acre outdoor museum located in New York’s Hudson Valley, with large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions all out under the open sky. Changing exhibitions, programming, and seasons offer something new every visit.

New York City

ID NYC Program – FREE!

Residents of New York City can get some sweet deals, whether or not they’re receiving NY food stamps! If you live in New York City, you can get a free government-issued ID card called an IDNYC. In addition to other benefits, this identification provides you with a one-year annual admission pass to 40 of New York City’s coolest zoos, museums, concert halls, gardens, performing arts centers and more. Click here for more information!

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum – $3 or less per person

The Bartow-Pell Mansion House is the only grand 19th-century country house still in existence on Pelham Bay.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan – $3 or less per person

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan has a number of exciting interactive exhibits, including a mock Oval Office and more. It is open daily and has a discount for NY EBT users through the Museums for All program.

Citi Bike – $5 per month

Citi Bike offers a reduced fare bike share to SNAP recipients and residents of New York City Housing Authority properties. For just $5 per month, you can unlock thousands of bikes across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Jersey City. You can take as many rides as you want, and the first 45 minutes of each ride are included free with your plan! Get the rest of the details here. 

Cool Culture – FREE

If you have a child that is currently enrolled in a participating early childhood center or elementary school (pre-K and Kindergarten grades only), you may be eligible for a Cool Culture Family Pass. This pass offers free general admission for up to 5 people to 90 destinations, including:

  • The Anne Frank Center USA
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum
  • Central Park Zoo
  • Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • National Jazz Museum in Harlem
  • Prospect Park Zoo
  • Skyscraper Museum
  • Sony Wonder Technology Lab

See the full list of 90 museums here – and then click here to sign up!

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum – FREE

The Cooper Hewitt museum explores over 30 centuries of design through their collection of over 215,000 objects.

Fraunces Tavern Museum – FREE

The Fraunces Tavern Museum showcases the history of the American Revolutionary era through landmark buildings, exhibits and more.

Frick Madison – FREE

The Frick Collection is internationally recognized for its distinguished Old Master paintings, European sculptures and other decorative arts. Admission is FREE for an EBT cardholder and three guests.

International Center of Photography – $3 per person

ICP celebrates the history and future of image-making. They showcase traveling exhibitions and more.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – FREE

Get FREE admission to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum for up to 4 people! This museum is located aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid, a designated National Historic Landmark. You’ll also be able to see the Space Shuttle Enterprise, the record-breaking British Airways Concorde and the submarine Growler!

Japan Society – $3 or less per person

Japan Society connects American and Japanese people, cultures, and societies by celebrating Japanese culture, business, and society.

Morgan Library & Museum – $3 or less per person

The Morgan Library and Museum preserves the personal library of cultural benefactor Pierpont Morgan.

Museum at Eldridge Street – FREE

The Museum at Eldridge Street can be found inside the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue. It tells the story of Jewish immigrant life and more.

Museum of Art & Design – FREE

MAD collects, displays and interprets objects that document contemporary and historic innovation in crafts, arts and designs.

Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators – $3 or less per person

Explore exhibitions and more! The entire museum is designed to promote the art and history of illustration. They participate in Museums for All and offer a discount to EBT cardholders.

National September 11 Memorial and Museum – $3 or less per person

National September 11 Memorial and Museum explores the event, impact and legacy of the September 11 attacks. It is located at the World Trade Center in New York City.

Poster House – FREE

Poster House is exactly what it sounds like: a museum dedicated to the impact, culture and design of posters.

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling – $3 per person

As the cultural heart of the Sugar Hill project, the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum provides cultural programs, educational exhibits and a fun space for neighborhood children to gather and play. Designed to help children create and tell their own stories and art, the museum is designed to serve children 8 years old and younger. With showing your EBT card, entry is just $3 per person. But if your family qualifies for the Cool Culture pass listed above, entrance is free.

The Jewish Museum – FREE

Located on Museum Mile, The Jewish Museum showcases art and Jewish culture for people of all backgrounds. Since it was founded in 104, the Museum was the first of its kind in the United States and one of the oldest Jewish museums in the world! It has nearly 30,000 works in the collection and spans more than 4,000 years of history. Guests with EBT cards are free!

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center – $3 or less per person

This Heritage Center preserves the historic role of the people of Niagara Falls in working for freedom. The places and stories associated with this network of freedom seekers, free African Americans, and abolitionists are told to share powerful themes in American history. The Heritage Center celebrates the bravery of those who risked their own lives to achieve liberty.

Norwich

Chenango County Historical Society – FREE

Explore the history of Chenango County!

Oneonta

Oneonta World of Learning – FREE

Oneonta World of Learning provides hands-on educational exhibits for children. The museum is designed to encourage parent-child interaction in a playful, imaginative space. Although the open hours are limited, you can visit free with an EBT card!

Oswego

Children’s Museum of Oswego – $3 per person

The newly renovated Children’s Museum of Oswego contains 10,000 square feet of new hands-on, interactive exhibits! With an EBT card, you can bring four guests for $3 per person.

Oyster Bay

Planting Fields Foundation – $3 or less per person

The Foundation preserves Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park. The grounds features 409 acres of greenhouses, rolling lawns, formal gardens, woodland paths and plant collections. The estate buildings include a 65-room Tudor Revival Mansion and more.

Port Jefferson

Long Island Explorium Children’s Museum of Science & Engineering – $3 or less per person

The Long Island Explorium’s enriching STEM programs foster inventive thinking and serve as a catalyst for empowerment.

Poughkeepsie

Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum – $2 per person

The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum welcomes EBT cardholders for just $2 per person. With interactive play focusing on early learning, science, literacy, math, art, music, community and more, the four exhibit galleries are designed to help families connect and learn together through purposeful play.

Rochester

George Eastman Museum – FREE

The world’s oldest photography museum is located in the sprawling mansion estate that once housed photography pioneer and New Yorker George Eastman. Visitors can enjoy exhibits, films, docent tours, lectures, music recitals and three separate gardens.

Rochester Museum & Science Center – $1 per person

“The Rochester Museum & Science Center ignites a passion for lifelong learning and equips our community with the foundational skills, knowledge, and understanding of the technologies needed to help solve society’s most pressing challenges.”

Rye

Westchester Children’s Museum – $3 per person

Build your own rollercoaster, play with puppets and so much more at Westchester Children’s Museum in Rye. You can view more information about their current and future offerings at their website.

Saranac Lake

The Adirondack Carousel – $1 per person

The Adirondack Carousel now participates in Museums for All! Their Museums for All rate is $1 per ticket with a valid EBT card.

Saratoga Springs

Children’s Museum at Saratoga – $1 per person

This museum is geared for guests between birth and 5 grade, and is a place that “inspires curiosity, sparks imagination and nurtures discovery.” Up to four people can receive admission for $1 each with an EBT card.

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame – $3 per person

This museum showcases the history of Thoroughbred racing through a collection of trophies, sculptures, paintings, photographs and more.

Schenectady

The Museum of Innovation and Science – $3 or less per person

Since 1934, miSci has been a center for learning and creativity. The Museum has more than 15,000 science and technology artifacts, thousands of publications, over 1,500 films, and so much more! The 44,270 facility includes galleries, a planetarium and a classroom. Since they’ve joined Museums for All, you can visit for $3 or less per person with your EBT card.

Troy

SUNY Poly Children’s Museum of Science and Technology – $1 per person

This museum believes that science belongs to every child – and that’s why the museum proudly provides discounted admission for low-income patrons through the Museums for All program. There are exhibits for nature lovers, builders, explorers and more.

Utica

Utica Children’s Museum – $1 per person

Dive into science with interesting exhibits, like the current nanoscience offerings. Their mission is, “to offer an environment that supports every child’s natural curiosity to learn through hands-on, play-based exploration.”

Yonkers

Hudson River Museum – $2 per person

The Hudson River Museum features exhibits, programs, planetarium shows, and more. The EBT discount covers General Admission only.

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Nicole leads the Low Income Relief team with over 20 years of professional research and writing experience. Nicole started Low Income Relief after a personal experience with poverty. When her husband was medically discharged from the US Army, their family experienced tremendous financial hardship. Nicole was able to gather help from multiple community agencies and move into a nearby low income housing unit in just two weeks! Since then, Nicole has been dedicated to helping low income families in crisis. She regularly spends hundreds of hours combing through countless resources to make sure that Low Income Relief has the most comprehensive and complete resource directories on the internet today. Prior to starting Low Income Relief, Nicole worked as a novelist, journalist, ghostwriter and content creator. Her work has been featured in various print and online publications, including USA Today, eHow, Livestrong, Legal Beagle, The Daily Herald, The Chronicle and more.

April Dine

Wednesday 6th of April 2022

The MOST- Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse also gives a discount when you present your EBT card!

Katie Seelig

Monday 27th of January 2020

Hey FYI the Memorial art gallery in rocheater also offers discounts.

Stephanie

Friday 31st of January 2020

Thank you Katie. -Stephanie

Single mother

Thursday 8th of March 2018

This was very helpful I was just watching the news and they were talking about the amazon discount so I google and your page popped up. I'm a full time student along with being a single mother, working to get by. I actually call about the internet today and I did the prime as well. I can't wait to take my kids to the museum.

Nicole

Monday 4th of June 2018

Yay! I'm so glad our page was helpful to you! :)

Chuck

Friday 5th of January 2018

It is already noted that the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is free for New York EBT/SNAP card holders. I'd like to add that they honor EBT/SNAP from other states as well. They gave us two free adult and to free kids tickets. I was thankful i could afford to buy something in the gift shop for our boys.

Nicole

Saturday 6th of January 2018

That is awesome, Chuck! I'm so glad you were able to go and enjoy the Intrepid Museum! In this article, all of the museums with green titles are Museums for All participants and honor EBT/SNAP cards from all 50 states. Isn't that awesome?!

Rachele Bittarelli

Sunday 19th of November 2017

First time on your website and I'm impressed with this article on other uses on the EBT card. Thank you for getting it right and taking the time to write it!!!! I'm in NY State and I just got free prime this month signing up with my EBT card. I'm hoping that soon enough more online stores will accept EBT cash benefits. That would be Great!!! Thanks again

Nicole

Thursday 23rd of November 2017

You're so welcome, Rachele! I'm so glad we could help. :)