The Online Resource for Massachusetts Poverty Law Advocates

Food Stamps/ SNAP Calculator

Date: 
03/20/2014
Author: 
MLRI

Here are two Excel "calculators" which can be used to estimate the amount of monthly SNAP benefits you may be eligible for in Massachusetts.  The calculators are designed for advocates who are familiar with SNAP rules although everyone is welcome to download the calculators.  If you are less familiar with the rules, you may want to use the web-based step-by-step eligibility calculator at Project Bread's www.gettingfoodstamps.org site, which is intended for use by the general public.

The "detailed/printable" SNAP calculator has more SNAP math calculations to get at detailed situations - such as identifying detailed shelter or child care costs, calculating child support from earned income, elder/disabled households with income over 200% FPL. It performs a Bay State Cap calculation for SSI-only households with no earnings. You can then print out a summary sheet of the calculations similar to DTA notices.

The "simplified" SNAP calculator is shorter for routine calculations. It does not identify source of income for child support payments, type of shelter or child care deduction nor perform a Bay State CAP calculation.

In addition to the Excel calculators, the SNAP calculation worksheet is a one page worksheet for manual calculations.  

All the calculators are updated to include the current dollar amounts for deductions, including the March 2014 increase in the standard medical deduction from $90 to $155/month.  Note that these calculators are intended as a convenience tool only and will result in an estimate of benefit amounts; DTA makes the final determination of eligibility and benefits amount. (Both Excel calculators require that a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice be loaded on your computer.) Please report any incorrect results to Pat Baker:  pbaker@mlri.org  or Vicky Negus:  vnegus@mlri.org  

Download the Calculators

  • Download the current Simplified SNAP Calculator  
  • Download the current Detailed/Printable SNAP Calculator 
  • Download the current SNAP Worksheet for manual calculations

(Note - make sure that when downloading, you actually save the calculators to your computer, and you aren't simply opening them in your browser.  Depending upon your browser settings, you may need to right click and select the "save target as" option.)

Finally, if you or your client have income from a rental property, we also now have an excel worksheet that you can download to help calculate the net income for SNAP purposes.

(Note:  the following detailed calculators for prior period scan also be downloaded - Jan. 31, 2014-Feb 28, 2014,  Nov. 1, 2013-Jan. 31, 2014  Oct 1, 2013-Oct 31, 2013   Jan 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2013 -- these are NOT the most current calculators, and should only be used for calculating past SNAP amounts.)

To save files, right click and choose 'Save Target As' or 'Save Link As'
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