SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

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What is SNAP?

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It was formerly known as food stamps and is run by the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA). SNAP provides a monthly benefit to buy nutritious foods. To get SNAP, you must be low-income and be a U.S. citizen or legal noncitizen (restrictions apply). Eligibility for SNAP benefits depends on financial and nonfinancial criteria. 1 out of 9 people in Massachusetts receives SNAP benefits every year!

How Can I Apply?

You can apply for SNAP benefits in many locations including the Dukes County Social Services department. Call (508) 696-3844 or email [email protected] to set up an appointment. You can also apply for SNAP online at

What You'll Need:

To apply for SNAP benefits, you need to provide personal information. This includes your Social Security number (if you have one), birth date, home address (if you have one), income, and expenses. SNAP has certain income guidelines. You should review the SNAP eligibility chart below to find the guideline that applies to your household. 

Family SizeGross Monthly Income Limit
For every additional member, add:$737

For a complete list of required documents and information, click here.

You may need more information in certain situations:

  • If you are applying for other people in your household, you will need their personal information.
  • If you want someone to apply or get SNAP benefits for you, you will need their contact information.

You will need to verify your income, expenses and other information:

  • Once the DTA calls to schedule your interview, they will provide a list of documentation that will need to be submitted for approval.
  • To receive a decision as soon as possible, Dukes County Social Services requests that you bring in these documents when you come in to fill out your application. 

Find out if you may be elegible for SNAP benefits in ten seconds! Click here to be taken to the DTA SNAP screening. (Note: this is for personal reference only. This survey is merely a tool to aid in your application for SNAP benefits and does not lock in a rejection or approval. Benefits are determinded based on the provided information and documents you submit.) 

Additional information about SNAP can be found on the DTA website