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Food Stamps/ SNAP Calculator

Date: 
02/01/2016
Author: 
MLRI

New - online SNAP calculator

See this link for an online SNAP calculator that you can use right from your browser, without downloading anything.

SNAP calculators to download

Linked below are two Excel "calculators" (and one manual worksheet) which can be used to estimate the amount of monthly SNAP benefits your household may be eligible for in Massachusetts. The calculators are designed for advocates who are familiar with SNAP rules although everyone is welcome to use them.  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 the general public.

What's the difference between the calculators?

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.  It is current as of February 1, 2016.  It does NOT apply to households which contain sanctioned members.

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. It is maintained by DTA and the link below is to the DTA website.

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

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 Detailed/Printable SNAP Calculator 
  • Download the Simplified SNAP Calculator from DTA's website  
  • 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.

Excel Calculators from past time periods

Note:  the following detailed calculators for prior period scan also be downloaded - Jan 4. to Jan. 31 2016 Oct. 1, 2014-Jan. 3, 2016Jan 20 - Sept 30, 2015,  Oct 1, 2014-Jan.19, 2015March, 2014-Sept. 30, 2014,  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.