Apply for SNAP benefits (food stamps)

Do you need help buying fresh, nutritious food? You may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps.
You will get a decision within 30 days.

DTA

Phone

DTA Assistance Line (877) 382-2363

The DTA Assistance Line is open from 8:15 A.M. to 4:45 P.M.

Online

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The Details

What you need

To apply for SNAP benefits, you need to provide personal information. This includes your Social Security number (if you have one), birth date, home address (if you have one), income, and expenses. 

You may need more information in certain situations:

  • If you are applying for other people in your household - their personal information
  • If you want someone to apply or get SNAP benefits for you - their contact information

You will need to verify your income, expenses and other information:

How to apply


Download the SNAP benefits application in your primary language. For individuals and couples age 60 or older, you may use the SNAP application for seniors

  • Download the DTA cover sheet
  • Mail the completed cover sheet and application to:
    DTA Document Processing Center
    P.O. Box 4406
    Taunton, MA. 02780


Download the SNAP benefits application in your primary language. For individuals and couples age 60 or older, you may use the SNAP application for seniors


Visit a DTA office where a staff member can help you get started.

Next steps

What happens after you apply for SNAP benefits?

1. We will contact you to schedule an interview

  • You can have the interview over the phone or at a local office.
  • We will provide an interpreter if you do not speak English.
  • During the interview, we will determine if you are eligible for emergency SNAP benefits.

2. You will need to verify the information you tell us 

  • You need to verify your income and expenses. For more information, see SNAP Verifications 
  • You may need to verify more information, which we will explain to you once you have had your interview.

3. You can send us the verifications in many ways

4. You will get an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card

  • You may get the EBT card before we decide if you are eligible for benefits. This is so you can use your benefits as soon as they are available, if you are eligible. 

5. You will get a decision within 30 days

  • You will get a letter in the mail telling you if you qualify. If we approve your application, we will tell you your benefit amount and when you will get your benefits. If we deny your application, we will tell you why.
  • You can appeal the decision. Your letter tells you how you can file an appeal.
  • You can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) if you believe we discriminated against you.

6. You can use your EBT card to shop for food if you are eligible for benefits.

  • When you get your EBT card, you will also get more information on how to use it.

More info

Can someone help me apply for SNAP benefits?

You can ask someone you trust to apply for you or go food shopping for you. That person is your authorized representative. Tell us who your authorized representative is in your application. You and your authorized representative will need to fill out the Request to choose someone to be my authorized representative.

I need help because of a disability

We may be able to help. We can give you extra help called accommodations. Accommodations can make working with us easier. If you think you need extra help, tell a DTA staff member.

What can I buy?

You can buy most foods, as well as seeds or plants for growing food, using your EBT card

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Contact

Address

DTA - Central Office
600 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111

Phone

DTA Assistance Line (877) 382-2363

The DTA Assistance Line is open from 8:15 A.M. to 4:45 P.M.

Online

DTA Office Locator DTA Office Locator 

Fax

DTA Document Processing Center (617) 887-8765

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