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Harsh SNAP rules stopped during COVID-19

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed July 2022

Massachusetts adults with no or low income have the right to apply for SNAP benefits!

Starting April 1, 2020, the 3-month SNAP time limit and work rules have stopped.

No one has to meet work rules to get or keep SNAP.

These rules affect childless adults ages 18-50 who are not disabled (also called "ABAWDs").

Congress suspended these harsh rules during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

If your SNAP stopped because the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) said you did not meet work rules, reapply now.

If you are part of a larger SNAP household, have your household tell DTA to add you back into your family’s case.

For example

Jane got 3 months of SNAP in 2019.

Her SNAP stopped because she could not get enough work hours or a place to volunteer.

Jane can reapply for SNAP now. She does not need to work or volunteer during the pandemic.

If you need help buying food

Apply for SNAP online or on a smartphone: DTAConnect.com, or

Get a paper application and learn more at Mass.gov/SNAP, or

Apply over the phone or get help locating food resources near you by calling the Project Bread FoodSource Hotline: 1-800-645-8333.

To learn more about 

DTA benefits: Mass.gov/DTA/COvid-19

Your rights and legal help: MassLegalServices.org/Covid-19

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