Apply for SNAP benefits (food stamps)

Do you need help putting fresh, nutritious meals on your table? You may qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly called SNAP benefits or food stamps.

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Overview

SNAP benefits provide eligible Massachusetts residents with a debit card to buy food items at grocery stores, convenience stores, farmers’ markets, and other locations. The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) has 30 days to make a decision on your case. You will get a notice in the mail telling you when you will start getting your SNAP benefits.

Eligibility

Whether you qualify for SNAP benefits and how much you receive each month depends on many factors, including:

  • The size of your household
  • Your household income
  • Your housing, utility, child care, and medical expenses

You may qualify to get SNAP benefits within 7 days if:

  • Your housing expenses each month are higher than your household’s monthly income
  • You earn less than $150 a month and have less than $100 in the bank
  • You are a migrant worker and have less than $100 in the bank  

How to

  1. Check if you're eligible

  2. Apply for SNAP benefits

    Online

    Apply for SNAP benefits online using the Virtual Gateway application.

    In person

    Visit a DTA office location, where a staff member can help you fill out the forms and get started.

    By mail

    Download the SNAP benefits application in your preferred language. You can download them as fillable PDFs or Word documents in 13 languages. Senior citizens can use a simpler version of the SNAP application.

    Mail the application to:          

              DTA Document Processing Center
              P.O. Box 4406
              Taunton, MA 02780

    If you’ve already applied, call (877) 382-2363 to check the status of your application.

  3. Have an interview with DTA

    A DTA case manager will contact you to schedule an interview in person or over the phone.

    You can request a specific case manager from DTA.

    You can request an interpreter if you don’t speak English.

  4. Mail OR fax any additional documents requested by DTA

    Your DTA case manager will tell you what documents you need.

    • Mail documents to:

              DTA Document Processing Center
              P.O. Box 4406
              Taunton, MA 02780

    • Fax them to (617) 887-8765.

    Include the DTA mail/fax cover sheet with all of your documents.

  5. Get a decision in 30 days

    If you’re approved, you will receive a SNAP benefits debit card.

    If your application is denied, you can appeal the decision by calling Fair Hearings at (800) 882-2017.

    If you believe your application was denied because of discrimination, you can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

More info

You can figure out how much to expect in monthly SNAP benefits by using the SNAP benefits calculator.

You can only buy certain products using your SNAP benefits debit card like vegetables, meat, cereal, and eggs. You can also buy seeds to grow your own food and use your SNAP benefits at some farmers’ markets.

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