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This program is made possible by the support of United Way of Pioneer Valley

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 $1980
2 $2670
3 $3360
4 $4050
5 $4740
6 $5430
7 $6122
8 $6815
Each additional member +$693

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 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.

Where to use SNAP

  • You can use your EBT SNAP benefits at grocery stores, farmers markets, CSAs, and other retail stores that accept them.
  • You can use them to pay for home delivered meals-on-wheels.
  • You can use them to pay for meals at certain drug and alcohol treatment facilities and if you live in a group home for persons with disabilities.
  • Homeless individuals can use them to pay for meals at certain meal sites and shelters, if guests are charged for those 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.

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
Thurs. Mar. 9 Great Barrington WIC Office 442 Stockbridge Rd Great Barrington 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wed.  Mar. 15 South Congregational Church 110 South St. Pittsfield 8:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Wed. Mar. 23 Friendship Center 131 Main St. North Adams 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wed. Mar.30 Friendship Center 131 Main St. North Adams 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Franklin County

Date  Name of Site  Address  Time
Thurs. Mar. 2 Greenfield Senior Center 54 High St. Ste. 2 Greenfield 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Fri. Mar. 10 Greenfield Garden Apts. 58 Pray Dr. Greenfield 3 – 5 p.m.

 

Hampden County

Date  Name of Site  Address  Time
Thurs. Mar. 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services 3 Rutland St. Springfield 8 – 11 a.m.
Thurs. Mar. 9 Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services 3 Rutland St. Springfield 8 – 11 a.m.
Wed. Mar. 13 Our Community Food Pantry/Westfield Soup Kitchen 220 College Hwy Southwick 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thurs. Mar. 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services 3 Rutland St. Springfield 8 – 11 a.m.
Thurs. Mar. 23 Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services 3 Rutland St. Springfield 8  – 11 a.m.
Thurs. Mar. 30 Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services 3 Rutland St. Springfield 8 – 11 a.m.
Friday Mar. 31 Oasis Pantry/Positive Regard 75 Central St. Springfield 4 – 6 p.m.

Hampshire County

Date  Name of Site  Address  Time
Thurs. Mar. 2 Northampton Survival Center 265 Prospect St. Northampton 4 – 6 p.m.
Thurs. Mar. 2 Amherst Survival Center 138 Sunderland Rd. Amherst 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Tues. Mar. 2 Amherst Survival Center 138 Sunderland Rd. Amherst 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Thurs. Mar. 9 Northampton Survival Center 265 Prospect St. Northampton 4 – 6 p.m.
Thurs. Mar. 9 Amherst Survival Center 138 Sunderland Rd. Amherst 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Tues. Mar.14 Amherst Survival Center 138 Sunderland Rd. Amherst 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tues. Mar. 14 Hatfield Senior Center 59 Main St. Hatfield 1 – 3 p.m.
Thurs. Mar. 16 Northampton Survival Center 265 Prospect St. Northampton 4 – 6 p.m.
Thurs. Mar. 16 Amherst Survival Center 138 Sunderland Rd. Amherst 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Tues. Mar 21 Amherst Survival Center 138 Sunderland Rd. Amherst 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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