SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps), aka money for groceries. This straightforward program is designed to provide monthly financial assistance in the form of a debit card used to purchase groceries. You will need to apply to receive SNAP. Our FoodSource Hotline counselors can help you find out if you are eligible and help you apply at 1.800.645.8333, or you can apply on your own online through DTA Connect below.
WIC is a nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services, free of charge, to Massachusetts families who qualify. WIC’s goal is to help children under 5 and those that are pregnant, just had a baby or are breastfeeding stay healthy. ALL WIC Programs are providing all services by phone during the pandemic. The WIC website contains updated information and individuals may contact the local WIC programs with any questions about breastfeeding, nutrition, and shopping. WIC is available to all families regardless of immigration or citizenship status. Check out WIC's eligibility page to see how families can apply online for WIC services. Individuals receiving SNAP and many types of MassHealth are automatically income-eligible for WIC. Parents, grandparents and foster parents may apply for children under the age of five years who are in their care. Families can also call WIC at 1-800-942-1007 or 617-721-6601 weekdays Monday through Friday 9am – 5pm. If you hear a recording, please leave a message with your name and telephone number or email a Local WIC Program directly with any questions.
There is no application to receive P-EBT. P-EBT stands for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer and is a federal nutrition program. It was created in response to COVID-19 school closures and helps families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals and are enrolled in either a hybrid or remote model for school - pay for food to replace the meals they are missing at home. Children ages 0-5 who live in a household that receives SNAP also began receiving P-EBT in March. If you are a family that is eligible for P-EBT benefits, you will be notified by mail and automatically receive these benefits. Based on federal rules, families receive varying P-EBT amounts. Summer P-EBT benefits were issued on July 1 and August 1 in 2021. No further benefits are scheduled to be issued at this time. Find the most recent information on P-EBT at the link below.