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SNAP
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program  -  SNAP

What is SNAP?
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program helps low income individuals and families buy healthy, nutritious food.  A SNAP household’s monthly benefit depends on household size, income and expenses.  You may be eligible for SNAP if you or someone in your household is a U.S. citizen or legal non-citizen, and makes below a certain income, you may be able to get SNAP benefits.  In most cases, a household includes all people who buy, cook and eat meals together.





Household Size
Gross Income Limit for Families with Children under 19 or Pregnant Women
Gross income Limit for Adult Only (Age 19-59)
Households
Gross Income Limit for Elder and/or Disabled Only Households
All Households Are Subject to a Net Income Limit After Expenses
1
$1,805
$1,127
None
$   867
2
$2,429
$1,517
None
$1,167
3
$3,052
$1,907
None
$1,467
4
$3,675
$2,297
None
$1,767
5
$4,299
$2,687
None
$2,067
6
$4,922
$3,077
None
$2,367
7
$5,545
$3,467
None
$2,667
8
$6,169
$3,857
None
$2,967
For each
extra person
+ $624
+ $390
N/A
+ $300
To Apply for SNAP Benefits you need to fill out the application as much as you can, be sure to write your name and address and sign it.  Return the application to your local office online, by mail, fax, or by bringing it to your local office. You can call the SNAP Hotline listed below to have an application mailed to you (remember to ask for an Elder SNAP application if you are a Senior (age 60 or older).
Or visit www.mass.gov/eohhs/consumer/basic-needs/food/snap/snap-benefits-overview click on Apply for SNAP/Food Stamps link to download an application form.

In an emergency, some people can get SNAP benefits faster.  For example::
  • Is your income less than $150.00 a month and do you have less than $100.00 in other resources, such as your bank account?
  • Is your income and the resources of your household less than your combined monthly rent or mortgage and utility expenses?
If so, you may be able to get SNAP benefits within seven days.  As part of the SNAP allocation process you will be assigned a case manager.  Ask your SNAP case manager for details.  For more information about how you can get SNAP benefits, contact the SNAP Hotline at 1-866-950-FOOD Monday through Friday 8:45 AM – 5:00 PM or visit www.mass.gov/dta.

You must have an interview with a case manager to talk about your application.  You can have the interview at a local office or over the phone depending on your situation. You will need to show proof as part of the application process.  You will receive information about what proofs you need to show your case manager when your application is reviewed.  You will get a decision on your application within 30 days.