SNAP Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about SNAP

FAQ’s

Who Can Get Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits?
If the people in your household unit are:

  • Low income
  • US citizens for legal non-citizens and without a lot of assets

Who Is Counted As Part Of My Household?

  • All People who buy, prepare and eat meals together

What Should I Bring With Me When I Apply?

  • Identification showing your name & address
  • Proof of Income: Last four pay stubs, copies of checks or official statement of the amount and frequency of payments
  • Social Security Numbers for all Members Applying
  • Bank Book or Current Bank Statements
  • Receipts for Child Care, or the care of other dependents who cannot care for themselves
  • Receipts for housing costs, heating and utilities
  • If you are not a citizen, bring proof of legal non-citizen status
  • Medical Bills – if you are age 60 or older or if you are disabled

What Happens After I Apply?

  • You will receive a decision by mail within 30 days
  • If you are eligible, you will receive SNAP benefits dating back to the day you filed the application
  • If you are eligible, you or your authorized representative will receive SNAP benefits through an Electronic Benefit Transfer System (EBT card)

Emergency Applications:
Some People can get SNAP benefits within seven days of applying

  • If you have less than $150 in income per month
  • If you have less than $1000 in assets
  • If your combined income and assets are less than your combined monthly rent or mortgage and utility expenses

Additional information available at http://www.mass.gov/snap

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