Iâm living in North Carolina. Iâve just finished my schooling and searching for a job in NC. I want to apply for food stamps NY until I get a job. Before that, I was getting stipend of $100 per month for studying. Iâm meeting all the criteria for getting the aid but only thing worrying me is the dependent issue. Actually, Iâm living away from my family independently. Should I claim as a dependent for getting food stamps NY help? Please help me.