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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Are you eligible for SNAP?


SNAP provides a monthly benefit to buy nutritious foods. To receive SNAP, you must be low income and be a US citizen or legal noncitizen (restrictions apply). Eligibility for SNAP benefits depends on financial and nonfinancial criteria.

Quickly find out if you are eligible at here.

Application Process for SNAP

To apply for SNAP you must verify information about you, your household, your income, and your expenses.

The online application can be found here. (The application only takes about 20 minutes, and you will get a decision within 30 days).

You can also apply by mail or fax. Find the application in your primary language here.


Mail the completed cover sheet and application to:

DTA Document Processing Center

P.O. Box 4406

Taunton, MA 02780


Or, you can fax the completed cover sheet and application to:

DTA Document Processing Center

(617) 887-8765


If you prefer to apply in person, visit a DTA office where a staff member will help you get started.


Brockton Transitional Assistance Office (DTA)

60 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301

(508) 895-7000


Dudley Square Transitional Assistance Office (DTA)

2201 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119

(617) 989-6000


Chelsea Center Transitional Assistance Office (DTA)

80 Everett Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150

(617) 551-1700

For more DTA office locations, visit their website here.

To verify your information you will need the following documents:

  • Identity and Social Security number (SSN)

  • Proof of Massachusetts residency such as a rent receipt, lease, utility bill, or a deed or mortgage statement

  • Proof of earnings and number of hours worked such as pay stubs or a letter from employer showing gross income and number of hours worked

  • Other income information. If you get workers’ compensation Veteran’s benefits, pension, child support, alimony, etc. you will need a benefit or award letter or a check or record of paymen

  • Noncitizen status. You will need a permanent resident card (green card), an employment authorization card, or other documents showing current or pending immigration status.


For more information on SNAP verifications, visit their website here.

After you submit your application you will be contacted to schedule an interview either over the phone or at a local office. You will then need to verify your information. Once you verify, you will get an Electronic Benefit transfer (EBT) card that will be activated as soon as you get your decision (within 30 days of submitting your application).

For more information about the SNAP program in Massachusetts, visit their website here.

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