The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps) is the largest domestic hunger program in the country, offering nutrition assistance to millions of eligible individuals and families.

Benefits are distributed through an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card, which works like a debit card at local grocery stores, convenience stores, and even some local farmers markets, farm stands and community supported agriculture (CSA – also known as “farm shares”). Look for the USDA “We Welcome SNAP Benefits” sign.

Our SNAP outreach team assists households in Western Massachusetts to apply for the program. We screen individuals for eligibility and assist them throughout the SNAP application process, including gathering all of the necessary documentation to receive benefits.

Eligibility

Eligibility is determined by The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), and is dependent upon a household’s size, composition, income and expenses.

Income Guidelines

Income is just one of the eligibility factors considered in your application.  If you meet these income requirements, it does not mean you are definitely eligible for SNAP benefits.

Household Size Gross Monthly Income Limit
(200% of federal poverty level)
1 $2082
2 $2818
3 $3555
4 $4292
5 $5028
6 $5765
7 $6502
8 $7238
Each additional member +$737

There is no gross monthly income limit for elder (age 60+) and disabled households. Special rules apply to elders (age 60+) and persons with disabilities with gross income above 200% of the federal poverty level.

Visit DTA’s website for more information about eligibility.

What can be purchased

  • You can use your benefits to purchase food for your household, such as bread, meat, cold deli items, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, chilled prepared foods, and frozen food.
  • You can also purchase seeds and plants to grow food for your household.
  • SNAP benefits can’t be used to purchase alcohol, tobacco, pet food, soap, toiletries, diapers, paper products, cleaning products, vitamins or medicine, and hot prepared meals.

Apply

The first step in applying for benefits is to complete an application.

  • Our SNAP Coordinators can prescreen you for eligibility, and if eligible, can complete an application over the phone.  For assistance with the application process, please contact our SNAP outreach team at (413) 247-9738.
  • Or, to download the application, or to apply online, visit mass.gov/snap.

The Healthy Incentives Program (HIP)

HIP, the Healthy Incentives Program, is an innovative program that SNAP recipients to match the SNAP benefits dollar-for-dollar at farmers market, CSAs, and farm stands. The seasonal program took a winter hiatus but resumes operation on May 25, 2019.

HIP Resources & Vendors by County

SNAP Enrollment Events This Month

Food Bank staff and volunteers will be available to answer all your questions, provide pre-screening, determine eligibility and offer application assistance.

Berkshire County

Date  Name of Site  Address  Time
Wed. Sept. 4 Friendship Center 131 Main St. North Adams 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wed. Sept. 4 Community Health Program (CHP) 400 Main St. Dalton 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wed. Sept. 11 Friendship Center 131 Main St. North Adams 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wed. Sept. 11 Great Barrington CHP-WIC 224 Stockbridge Road 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wed. Sept. 18 Friendship Center 131 Main St. North Adams 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wed. Sept. 25 Friendship Center 131 Main St. North Adams 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Franklin County

Date  Name of Site  Address  Time
Mon. Sept. 9 Franklin County Court Services 43 Hope St. Greenfield 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Mon. Sept. 23 Franklin County Court Services 43 Hope St. Greenfield 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tues. Sept. 24 Good Neighbors Food Pantry Charlemont Federal Church 175 Main St. 5 – 6 p.m.

Hampden County

Date  Name of Site  Address  Time
Wed. Sept. 4 Community Support Center @ Hampden County Sheriffs Dept 28 Buckingham St. Springfield 8:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Thurs. Sept. 5 Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services 3 Rutland St. Springfield  8 – 9:30 a.m.
Thurs. Sept. 5 MassHire 850 High St. #1. Holyoke 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wed. Sept. 11 Community Support Center @ Hampden County Sheriffs Dept. 28 Buckingham St. Springfield 8:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Thurs. Sept. 12 MassHire 850 High St. #1. Holyoke 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thurs. Sept. 12 Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services 3 Rutland St. Springfield 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Wed. Sept. 18 Community Support Center @ Hampden County Sheriffs Dept 28 Buckingham St. Springfield  8:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Thurs. Sept. 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services 3 Rutland St. Springfield 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Thurs. Sept. 19 MassHire 850 High St. #1. Holyoke 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wed. Sept. 25 Community Support Center @ Hampden County Sheriffs Dept 28 Buckingham St. Springfield 8:45 11:30 a.m.
Thurs. Sept. 26 MassHire 850 High St. #1. Holyoke 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thurs. Sept. 26 Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services 3 Rutland St. Springfield 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Hampshire County

Date  Name of Site  Address  Time
Tues. Sept. 3 Amherst Survival Center 138 Sunderland Rd. Amherst 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wed. Sept. 4 Northampton Survival Center 265 Prospect St. Northampton 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tues. Sept. 10 Amherst Survival Center 138 Sunderland Rd. Amherst 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tues. Sept. 10 Northampton Survival Center 265 Prospect St. Northampton 4  – 7 p.m.
Wed. Sept. 11 Northampton Survival Center 265 Prospect St. Northampton 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tues. Sept. 17 Amherst Survival Center 138 Sunderland Rd. Amherst 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wed. Sept. 18 Northampton Survival Center 265 Prospect St. Northampton 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tues. Sept. 24 Amherst Survival Center 138 Sunderland Rd. Amherst 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wed. Sept. 25 Northampton Survival Center 265 Prospect St. Northampton 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wed. Sept. 25 Community Breakfast 121 North Pleasant St. Amherst 8 – 11 a.m.

Call our SNAP outreach team at (413) 247-9738 for additional information or assistance.

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