While there is not one single guideline that determines if a person is eligible for SNAP it is based primarily on household income and certain expenses. Most applicants will not be asked for proof of money in the bank or other resources.
If you could use help affording food, you should find out if you are eligible for SNAP!
This chart is only a guideline. More than just gross household income is used to calculate SNAP eligibility and benefit levels, including household expenses and other expenses. The best thing to do is call Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 and ask a counselor to pre-screen you for SNAP. They will tell you if you are eligible and for how much* after all your income and expenses are taken into account.
* Benefit amount determined is simply an estimate. Actual amounts will be determined by DTA when proofs are submitted and reviewed
It's important to realize, the "SNAP benefit amount" — money on your EBT card each month to purchase groceries — is not the only benefit to getting SNAP. There are more ways SNAP helps recipients go beyond just making ends meet.
Beginning October 2023, most SNAP recipients will see an increase in their monthly benefits due to a raise in the maximum household benefit level.
Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline counselors will pre-screen you to determine if you are, or are not eligible for SNAP, before you spend your time applying. On average, this pre-screen takes Project Bread's counselors 15 minutes to complete.
To learn if you are eligible for SNAP:
Project Bread is non-profit that serves all Massachusetts residents, always free and confidential.
The more information you have before you call or chat Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline counselors to be pre-screened for SNAP to learn if you are eligible, the quicker the process will go.
It is helpful for you to have on hand:
If you purchase food and prepare more than ⅔ of your meals together, you are a household.
When calculating your SNAP benefit level, all household members’ income and expenses are taken into account.