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06. Can someone else help me apply for SNAP?

ALERT:  Many of the rules in the SNAPAdvocacy Guide do NOT apply during the pandemic. Please go to the following COVID-19 & DTA benefits page: https://www.masslegalservices.org/DTA-COVID-19 until further notice for more information about changes.

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.