About the Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP is a nutrition program for families and individuals that meet certain income and resource guidelines. SNAP benefits help you buy nutritious food for your family. You can be working and still qualify for SNAP benefits. If you qualify for SNAP benefits you can use these benefits to purchase food at most grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies.

SNAP benefits are accessed with an Electronic Benefit Transfer Card (EBT). These cards are used the same way you would use a debit or ATM card. SNAP benefits can be used to buy any food product except alcohol, pet food or heated foods.
 

Populations Served

Families and individuals that meet certain income and resource guidelines.

Eligibility Criteria

SNAP eligibility depends on household size, assets, income and certain living expenses. Proceed to the SNAP Application .

Application Process

To apply for SNAP benefits you may:

  • Go to the Department of Transitional Assistance Office that serves your city or town.
  • Print an application provided here.
  • Complete and print a fillable application provided here. Please note, the Adobe Acrobat Reader only allows you to view and print fillable PDF forms. It does not allow you to save the completed form to your computer. Once you complete the application, make sure you print it, sign it, and mail to: DTA Document Processing Center,  P.O. Box 4406 Taunton, MA 02780-0420.

  
Fill-able SNAP Application

  • SNAP Benefits Application (Rev. 1/2014) (English Fill-In PDF) pdf format of c-snapapp-eng.pdf
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  • SNAP Benefits Application (Rev. 1/2014) (Spanish Fill-In PDF) pdf format of c-snapapp-sp.pdf
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  • SNAP Benefits Application (Rev. 1/2014) (Portuguese Fill-In PDF) pdf format of c-snapapp-por.pdf
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  • SNAP Benefits Application (Vietnamese) PDF pdf format of SNAPA-1 Vietnamese
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  • SNAP Benefits Application (Haitian Creole) PDF pdf format of SNAPA-1 Haitian Creole
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  • SNAP Benefits Application (Russian) PDF pdf format of SNAPA-1 Russian
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  • SNAP Benefits Application (Chinese) PDF pdf format of SNAPA-1 Chinese
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  • SNAP Benefits Application (Khmer) PDF pdf format of SNAPA-1 Khmer
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  • SNAP Benefits Application (French) PDF pdf format of SNAP Benefits Application French
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  • SNAP Benefits Application (Italian)   PDF pdf format of SNAP Benefits Application Italian
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  • SNAP Benefits Application (Korean) PDF pdf format of SNAP Benefits Application Korean
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  • SNAP Benefits Application (Polish)  PDF pdf format of SNAP Benefits Application Polish
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  • SNAP Benefits Application (Arabic) PDF pdf format of SNAP Benefits Application Arabic
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  • To apply for SNAP benefits you may:
    • call the SNAP Hotline at 1-866-950 FOOD (3663) to have an application mailed to you. Remember to ask for the Elder SNAP application if you are a senior (age 60 or older) - it's easier to fill out!
    • Visit www.mass.gov/dta and view the Apply for SNAP/Food Stamps Online link to download an application form.
    • You may also apply online by visiting our website and viewing the Apply for SNAP/Food Stamps Online link.
    • Or, you can visit your local Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) office.
    • Fill out the application as much as you can. Be sure to write your name and address and sign it.
    • Mail the application to: DTA Document Processing Center, P.O. Box 4406 Taunton, MA 02780-0420.
    • To help us determine your eligibility for SNAP benefits, you may be asked to provide proofs (verifications) of certain statements you have made.  You may submit those proofs (verifications) by mailing or faxing them to DTA. Here is the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) Electronic Document Management (EDM) Mail/Fax Cover Sheet:   (DTA EDM Mail/Fax Cover Sheet - ENGLISH) pdf format of DTA EDM Mail-Fax Cover Sheet - English
doc format of DTA EDM Mail-Fax Cover Sheet - English   (DTA EDM Mail/Fax Cover Sheet - SPANISH) pdf format of DTA EDM Mail-Fax Cover Sheet - Spanish
doc format of DTA EDM Mail-Fax Cover Sheet - Spanish   DTA EDM Mail-Fax Cover Sheet - Portuguese pdf format of DTA EDM Mail-Fax Cover Sheet - Portuguese
doc format of DTA EDM Mail-Fax Cover Sheet - Portuguese .    You will need to use it to submit your proofs (verifications). Just select and open the link and print the Cover Sheet. Attach this to your proofs (verifications) and mail or fax to the address or fax number identified on the form.
  • After you submit your application:

    • 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 proofs as part of the application process. You will receive information about what proofs you need to show your case manager when your application is being reviewed.
    • You will get a decision on your application within 30 days. 



 

Contact Information

Department of Transitional Assistance
600 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111

Telephone: 1-866-950-FOOD (3663)
TTY: 617-348-5599
Fax: Varies by office
Languages: All languages are accommodated either by staff or interpreter services.

DTA has more than 20 offices across Massachusetts. To find the office nearest you, visit www.mass.gov/dta and view the DTA Office Locations link or call the SNAP Hotline at 1-866-950-FOOD (3663) Monday through Friday from 8:45 AM to 5 PM.

Publications

You can get a brochure about the SNAP benefits by calling 1-866-950-FOOD (3663).


 



 


This information is provided by the Department of Transitional Assistance.