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More SNAP/Food Stamps for Families with Child Care or Adult Care Expenses

For all low-income families

  • If you pay for the care of any child under 18 or a disabled adult of any age, your family can get more SNAP benefits! SNAP used to be called Food Stamps.
  • Every $3 you spend on childcare may increase your SNAP benefits by $1 – up to the maximum SNAP amount for your household.
  • You can claim anything you spend on dependent care when: 
    • You are working, or looking for a job; 
    • You are attending school or work-related training;
    • You are doing volunteer work or another activity that the SNAP Employment/Training (E&T) Program requires.

What can I claim as expenses?

Child care or Adult care
All child or adult care expenses that you are responsible for paying. This includes co-payments;
Out-of-school activities for any child under 18
Any supervised activity, including before and after school, school vacation, summer camps, YMCA, and Boys/Girls Club fees;
Mileage
(56.5 cents/mile)
If you drive your child to or from child care, camp or a school program.
Public Transportation Costs
If you or your child takes a bus, subway or train to or from child care, camp or a school program.

Is there a limit or cap on the expenses I can claim?

No. You can claim the full amount of costs you pay.

Example:

A mother has two children. She earns $1800/month and pays $600 rent plus heat. She will get $254 in SNAP. If she spends $300/month for childcare and travel to and from childcare, her SNAP will go up to $344/month.

How do I claim child care or adult care expenses?

You can "self-attest" to these expenses unless DTA finds the information questionable. Write the expenses down on your application or recertification form, or give your DTA worker a signed, sworn statement. See MLRI's Sworn Statement of Child Care Costs form available as PDF iconPDF, Word.doc iconDOC or rtf iconRTF. DTA should ask for proofs only if the information you provide is questionable.  

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Last Updated January 2014

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