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Food Stamp/SNAP Advocacy Guide

An Advocate's Guide to the Food Stamp/ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Massachusetts

By Patricia Baker, Laura Gallant, Deborah Harris, Rochelle Hahn, and Helene Newberg, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, January 2014 Edition

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Produced by Patricia Baker, Laura Gallant, Deborah Harris, Rochelle Hahn, and Helene Newberg, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute,
Last Updated January 2014

An Advocate's Guide to the Food Stamps / Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Massachusetts.

New! Now you can also download the entire book as an eBook - Find out how.

Food Stamp/SNAP Advocacy Guide epub for Android or i-devices

Food Stamp/SNAP Advocacy Guide for Kindle

Produced by Patricia Baker, Victoria Negus, Deborah Harris, Laura Gallant and Rochelle Hahn, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Last Updated January 2014
This section discusses how to use your food stamp card (Bay State Access card or EBT card) and what happens if DTA makes a mistake and owes you benefits.
You must meet certain financial guidelines to get food stamps. Your monthly income and the amount of savings that you have must be under certain limits. This section discusses the different income and savings tests, explains what types of income and savings count, explains how your housing and other expenses affect the amount of your food stamps, and explains how to calculate your monthly food stamp amount.
Answers questions about how to apply for food stamps and the types of information you will need to give to DTA.
You will need to reapply for food stamps on a regular basis, usually every 6 months. This section explains how to do this, and discusses what to do if your financial or housing situation changes while you are receiving food stamps.
You have many rights if DTA denies or cuts your food stamps. This section explains these rights and what happens at a hearing.
Answers questions about who can get food stamps, including special rules for elders, the disabled, non-citizens, college students and those who must meet work requirements.
Authorization to release information, DTA Collateral Contact form, Child care self-declaration form, Medical expense screening form, Alternate landlord verification form, DTA ADA Accommodation Request and Appeal forms
In 1964, the United States Congress created the food stamp program to reduce hunger in the United States. This section includes background information about the program and explains where to find the laws and rules about the food stamp program. The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) handles the food stamp program in Massachusetts.
This section discusses what happens if you receive more food stamps than you should have.
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