Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP

(formerly known as Food Stamps)

SNAP testimonialThe Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps low income individuals and families buy healthy, nutritious food. Funded by the federal government and administered by the state’s Department of Transitional Assistance, monthly benefits depend upon household size, income and expenses. In collaboration with the Massachusetts DTA, the Worcester Community Action Council accepts applications for SNAP at its Worcester office, 484 Main Street, 2nd floor, Worcester.

Applications accepted Fridays 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Walk-ins welcome. Contact Mayra Nieves: (508) 754-1176 x124


NEW! DTA Connect

DTA Connect is a mobile app that lets you track your benefits in a few simple clicks. If you have a smartphone and receive Cash or SNAP benefits from DTA – you can use DTA Connect. Simply download the free app and sign in with your social security number and year of birth to get features like:

  • Benefit Summary – Check you case status, monthly benefit amount, next benefit issue date, EBT balance, recertification due date and more. there is a 24-hour delay on EBT balance.
  • Alerts – Get updates about your benefits, including upcoming appointments and workshops and documents you need to file.
  • Notices – Get general information about your case.
  • Documents – Find out if documents you’ve sent to DTA have been processed.
  • Contact Information – Find local contact information for DTA and update your own account information.


Communities served by WCAC SNAP enrollment:

Worcester, Auburn, Boylston, Cherry Valley, Gilbertville, Hardwick, Holden, Jefferson, Leicester, Millbury, New Braintree, Oakham, Paxton, Rochdale, Rutland, Shrewsbury, West Boylston, and Wheelwright.

SNAP applications also accepted at DTA’s satellite offices:

DTA Worcester, 13 Sudbury Street, Worcester – open Monday -Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.    (508) 767-3100

DTA Southbridge, 1 North Street, Southbridge – open Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  (508) 765-2400

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

For additional information visit:

Frequently Asked Questions

Or the USDA FNS Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) website:


SNAP Eligibility*


Household SizeGross Income Levels
Each additional member$347
*effective 10/1/2016

Considered Income:

  • Cash
  • Bank deposits (savings and checking accounts)
  • Stocks, bonds, and other securities
  • One-time lump-sum payments, such as insurance settlements or refunds of security deposits
  • Income tax refunds and credits (except the federal and state EIC)
  • Property other than your home or business
  • Deemed assets, if you are a sponsored noncitizen subject to sponsor deeming
  • In some cases, the assets of disqualified individuals who live and share meals with the household are also counted

Not Considered Income:

  • Your home
  • Vehicles (cars, trucks, boats, etc.)
  • Personal belongings and household items, including jewelry
  • Life insurance, burial plots, and prepaid funeral arrangements
  • Pension plans, including IRAs, 401 (k)s, and Keoghs
  • Education accounts (529s)
  • Inaccessible assets (assets you are not allowed to use)
  • Income-producing property
  • Assets of household members getting TAFDC, EARDC, or SSI
  • Federal and State Earned Income Credit (EIC)
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