Food Stamps

The U.S. Government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP) is a nutrition program for families and individuals that meet certain income and resource guidelines. SNAP benefits help you buy nutritious food for your family. You can work and still qualify for SNAP. If you qualify for SNAP, you can use these benefits to purchase food at most grocery stores, convenience stores and food markets.

SNAP benefits are accessed with an Electronic Benefits Card (EBT). These cards are used the same way you would use a debit or ATM card. Food Stamps can be used to buy any food product except alcohol, pet food or heated foods.
Electronic Benefits Transfer Card

The Commonwealth's Department of Transitional Assistance oversees the SNAP program for Massachusetts residents.

Populations Served

Families and individuals that meet certain income and resource guidelines. Progam eligibility depends on household size, assets, income and certain living expenses.
Find out if you might be eligible.

Application Information

There are several ways to apply for Food Stamps. When your application is processed, you will have to verify your income and certain expenses, such as rent, mortgage or other household expenses. 

Apply Online

Go to our Website to fill out the application online.

Apply in Person
Go to the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) that serves your neighborhood of Boston.

DTA Location Search

Apply by Mail or Fax
Complete the application and mail or fax it to the Department of Transitional Assistance Office that serves your city or town.

SNAP Application (English)
SNAP Application (Spanish)
SNAP Application (Portuguese)

Contact Information

Department of Transitional Assistance
600 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

Telephone: 1-800-249-2007
TTY: 617-348-5599
Fax: Varies by office
Languages: All languages are accommodated either by staff or interpreter services.    


Video and Multimedia

  • Food Bank Thank You

    Mayor Menino thanks Greater Boston Food Bank for its role in relieving hunger throughout the city, congratulating their success in the 7-year Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope campaign and stemming expansion to a larger distribution facility.

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  • Homeless Program Expansion

    Mayor Menino and Citizens Bank announce donation of $50,000 to help provide essential housing and medical services to chronically homeless people through innovation, comprehensive partnership between area non-profit organizations and public agencies.

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  • Can Share Kick-off 2010

    Mayor Menino participates in the 24th annual Can Share kick off, focusing on child hunger, with a goal of collecting 100,000 pounds of food.

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  • Homeless Legislative Action Day

    Advocates for the homeless discuss legislative priorities.

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