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More residents of the Commonwealth have been purchasing nutritious food at neighborhood grocery stores by using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP (formerly the Food Stamps Program). SNAP benefits are provided by the federal government and administered by DTA. Residents of the Commonwealth who participate in SNAP are families with children, elders and disabled. Many are the working poor with limited income or those who are temporarily unemployed. At the check-out counter, the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, which works like a debit card, is used by many more residents to assist them in making ends meet. Participation in the program has increased dramatically over the past 5 years and DTA continues to develop new initiatives to improve participation by increasing awareness and eliminating barriers to participation.

There are several ways to apply for SNAP benefits:

Apply Online

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP is the new name for the Food Stamp Program. If you live in Massachusetts, you can complete the screening tool to see if you are eligible to apply for SNAP/Food Stamps online!

Note: If you have already submitted a SNAP application recently or your family is currently receiving SNAP, please STOP HERE and contact your local DTA office to inquire about the status of your SNAP application or your case.

The online application is for new applications only!

If you are not able to access the online application, you may still apply by mail or fax (see below).

Proceed to the eligibility screening and SNAP Application

Please note: Only those individuals who appear to be eligible through the screening process will be able to access the online application. Please call the Department of Transitional Assistance SNAP Hotline at 1-866-950-FOOD (3663) if you need more information.

Apply by Mail

Print and complete the SNAP application provided here and mail to: DTA P.O. Box 4406 Taunton, MA 02780-0420. 

Fill-able SNAP Application
Complete and print a fill-able application provided here. Please note, the Adobe Acrobat Reader only allows you to view and print fill-able 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 P.O. Box 4406 Taunton, MA 02780-0420.

  • SNAP Benefits Application (English) Fill-able PDF pdf format of    c-snapapp-eng.pdf  doc format of c-snapapp-eng.doc
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Spanish) Fill-able PDF pdf format of    c-snapapp-sp.pdf  doc format of c-snapapp-sp.doc
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Portuguese) Fill-able PDF pdf format of    c-snapapp-por.pdf  doc format of c-snapapp-por.doc      
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Khmer) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Khmer  docx format of SNAPA-1 Khmer
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Vietnamese) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Vietnamese  docx format of SNAPA-1 Vietnamese
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Haitian Creole) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Haitian Creole  docx format of SNAPA-1 Haitian Creole
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Russian) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Russian  docx format of SNAPA-1 Russian
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Chinese) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Chinese  docx format of SNAPA-1 Chinese

Simplified SNAP Application for Elderly Applicants

  • SNAP Application for Elderly (English) Fill-able PDF pdf format of    c-snapapp-elderly-eng.pdf  doc format of c-snapapp-elderly-eng.doc
  • SNAP Application for Elderly (Spanish) Fill-able PDF pdf format of    c-snapapp-elderly-sp.pdf  doc format of c-snapapp-elderly-sp.doc
  • SNAP Application for Elderly (Portuguese) Fill-able PDF pdf format of    c-snapapp-elderly-por.pdf  doc format of c-snapapp-elderly-por.doc      
  • SNAP Application for Elderly (Khmer) PDF pdf format of    SNAP App Elderly Khmer  docx format of SNAP App Elderly Khmer
  • SNAP Application for Elderly (Vietnamese) PDF pdf format of    SNAP App Elderly Vietnamese  docx format of SNAP App Elderly Vietnamese
  • SNAP Application for Elderly (Haitian Creole) PDF pdf format of    SNAP App Elderly Haitian Creole  docx format of SNAP App Elderly Haitian Creole
  • SNAP Application for Elderly (Russian) PDF pdf format of    SNAP App Elderly Russian  docx format of SNAP App Elderly Russian
  • SNAP Application for Elderly (Chinese) PDF pdf format of    SNAP App Elderly Chinese  docx format of SNAP App Elderly Chinese

Request for Authorized Representative Forms - Authorized Agency - Authorized Payee

  • Image 10 (Rev. 1/2014)   English pdf format of    Image 10 English (PDF)  doc format of Image 10 English (Word)
  • Image 10 (S) (Rev. 1/2014)   Spanish pdf format of    Image 10 Spanish (PDF)  doc format of Image 10 Spanish (Word)   
    * The Image 10 form replaces the AR-P-1.


Apply in Person

Go to your local Transitional Assistance Office.

For More Information

To get more information about SNAP/food stamp benefits and an application, call the Department of Transitional Assistance SNAP Benefits Hotline at 1-866-950-FOOD (3663). You can also print out an application and get more information about SNAP benefits by going to a web site sponsored by Project Bread, www.gettingfoodstamps.org. SNAP benefits are available for qualified Massachusetts residents. For further information or for help filling out the application, please call 1-866-950-FOOD (3663).

Instructions on how to use your SNAP EBT Card

What your SNAP benefits can buy

SNAP Benefits Calculator xls format of    SNAP Benefits Calculator

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Director, Office of Adjudication
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

Or by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at:  progam.intake@usda.gov.                                           

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at (800) 221-5689, which us also in Spanish or call the State Information/Hotline Numbers (click the link for a listing of hotline numbers by State); found at
http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/contact_info/hotlines.htm.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Declaración de no discriminación del USDA

El Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (por sus siglas en inglés “USDA”) prohíbe la discriminación contra sus clientes, empleados, y solicitantes de empleo a base de raza, color, origen nacional, edad, discapacidad, sexo, identidad de género, religión, represalias y, según corresponda, convicciones políticas, estado civil, estado familiar o paternal, orientación sexual, o si los ingresos de una persona provienen en su totalidad o en parte de un programa de asistencia pública, o información genética protegida de empleo o de cualquier programa o actividad realizada o financiada por el Departamento. (No todos los criterios prohibidos se aplicarán a todos los programas y/o actividades laborales).

Si desea presentar una queja por discriminación del programa de Derechos Civiles, complete el USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (formulario de quejas por discriminación del programa del USDA), que puede encontrar en internet en http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html o en cualquier oficina del USDA, o llame al (866) 632-9992 para solicitar el formulario. También puede escribir una carta con toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Envíenos su formulario de queja completo o carta por correo postal a:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Director, Office of Adjudication
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

O por fax al (202) 690-7442 o por correo electrónico a:  progam.intake@usda.gov.

Las personas sordas, con dificultades auditivas, o con discapacidad del habla que deseen presentar una queja de EEO (Igualdad de Oportunidades en el Empleo) o del programa, por favor contacte al USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service (Servicio federal de transmisión) al (800) 877-8339 o (800) 845-6136 (en español).

Las personas con discapacidades que deseen presentar una queja del programa, por favor vea la información anterior acerca de cómo contactarnos directamente por correo postal o por correo electrónico. Si necesita medios alternativos de comunicación para obtener información acerca del programa (Braille, caracteres grandes, cinta de audio, etc.) por favor contacte al Centro TARGET del USDA al (202) 720-2600 (voz y TDD).

Para cualquier otra informacion relacionada con el Programa Suplemental de Asistencia Nutricional (SNAP), personas pueden contactarnos en español a la linea de acceso directo del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA) al (800) 221–5689 ó llamar al número de Información del Estado/linea de acceso directo (oprima el enlace para una lista de numeros de acceso directo desglosada por estado); dicha lista puede ser encontrada en línea en la siguente dirección 
http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/contact_info/hotlines.htm

El USDA es un proveedor y empleador que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.


 


This information is provided by the Department of Transitional Assistance.