Can someone else help me apply for SNAP

We are in the process of updating the SNAP Advocacy Guide, so some of the information is no longer current.  In the meantime, you can read or download a pdf of the 2022 guide from

Produced by Patricia Baker and Victoria Negus, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed January 2020

Yes! You can always ask a family member, friend, or social services agency to help you fill out an application. They can also help you send in proofs, accompany you to a local DTA office, or participate in a phone interview with you - with your permission.

But you should sign and participate in the interview. That’s because you are legally responsible for all the information on the application. DTA must not conduct any SNAP interview without you!

If the helping friend or agency gives DTA incorrect information – or leaves out information that is important to tell DTA – you may end up with a SNAP overpayment, or worse. The helping agency that gave DTA wrong information about your income or living situation could be legally liable as well.

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