SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, our country’s most powerful nutrition program. Every person who applies for SNAP— and is eligible— will receive it! Once enrolled, you will receive a monthly cash benefit on an EBT card that can be used just like a debit card for food shopping.
If you are a Massachusetts resident, call Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline now at 1-800-645-8333 to learn if you qualify for monthly financial assistance for groceries through SNAP.
This is a complicated question. There is not one single guideline that determines if a person is eligible for SNAP. If you could use help affording food or have recently lost your job or hours due to COVID-19, you should definitely find out if you are. And if you are, you should apply!
To learn if you are eligible, call Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333:
Our counselors will ask you a few questions, which are confidential.
When you are ready to apply, be prepared to provide personal information, including your Social Security number (if you have one), birth date, home address (if you have one), income and expenses.
New SNAP recipients will receive their EBT card by mail only and it may take 5-10 days to receive your card. People experiencing homelessness can use a shelter address to receive their card.
SNAP is a federal entitlement program. That means as long as you you meet the eligibility requirements, you have a legal right to receive SNAP.
You also have a right to:
All types of people receive SNAP benefits—single adults, families, seniors, children, people living with roommates, and working people. You do not need to be out of work to be eligible for SNAP. Many people who do not have children are eligible for SNAP.
Eligibility is based primarily on household income and certain expenses. Most applicants will not be asked for proof of money in the bank or other resources. Learn more and see if you are eligible by calling Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.
Emergency SNAP benefits are expedited benefits for applicants that need food assistance within 7 news. These benefits are typically issued for one month while applicants gather the verifications that the DTA needs to approve a full SNAP application. that you receive within seven days. To be eligible for expedited benefits, you must meet one of these three criteria:
No. Certain SNAP recipients may have to enroll in a job search program a few months after their benefits begin; however, many SNAP applicants do not.
No. In fact, the costs associated with owning your home are used as deductions in determining your eligibility. The home you live in is not considered an asset.
Yes. Many non-citizens are eligible for SNAP. If you do not have documented immigration status, you will not be able to apply for yourself, but you may be able to apply for other eligible household members. Children born in the US may receive benefits even if their parents do not have documentation. There is more information on Mass Legal Help, here. More information about SNAP and how it impacts the Public Charge rule, can be found here.
Yes. A permanent address is not required to apply for SNAP. You can get benefits whether you live on the street, are staying in a shelter, or are living with family or friends on a temporary basis. Homeless individuals and families who do not have regular shelter expenses can claim an automatic deduction on their income.
No. you can begin an application over the phone by calling Project Bread's toll-free and confidential FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333. You may also apply online at DTAConnect. Your Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) caseworker will call you to schedule an interview over the phone.
Yes. If you buy and prepare food with the people you live with, you all apply together. If you do not, you apply separately, but you will still need to put their names on your application. Some people must always apply together, including spouses and children under 22 living with a parent or step-parent.
You should first try to contact your DTA caseworker. You can also call the DTA Assistance Line at 1-877-382-2363, or you can access information on your application through DTAConnect.
It can take up to 30 days to receive benefits. Some households may be eligible for expedited/emergency SNAP, which are available in seven (7) calendar days.
When you apply for SNAP you may be given an EBT card right away, but until your application is processed, you will not have any benefits on your card. It is also possible you may be categorically eligible for $0, meaning when your income and expense information was calculated the amount of SNAP benefits you qualified for was $0. However, you are still considered a SNAP recipient and can receive any associated benefits, such as utility discounts and free school meals for your children.
No. SNAP benefits are not considered income.
Yes. SNAP benefits are only for food. However, some people have an EBT card for their TAFDC (cash assistance) benefits. You can use TAFDC benefits to purchase food and non-food items. For information on TAFDC eligibility, contact your local DTA office. For a list of permissible foods to purchase with your SNAP benefits, visit the USDA website.
If you are a SNAP recipient, you will automatically enroll in HIP. You can use your SNAP benefits to buy fruits and vegetables from approved HIP vendors (look for the HIP logo or ask the vendor if they participate in the program before you make your purchase). You will receive $1 for each dollar you spend on eligible fruits and vegetables, up to a monthly limit:
For more information, contact Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.