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92. Can I use my EBT benefits out of state?

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.

You have a right to use your SNAP in all 50 states. SNAP is a federal program that is “interoperable” between states. 7 C.F.R. § 274.8(b)(10). Many SNAP recipients live near and shop in border states – such as New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York. Often some of the large grocery stores are closer and/or cheaper.

If you are temporarily visiting family and friends, you can also use your SNAP benefits while out of state. DTA should not assume you have abandoned your MA residency or threaten to close your SNAP case solely because you are shopping out of state.  If you receive a DTA letter saying you have to reprove your MA residency because you used your SNAP out of state, contact the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (vnegus@mlri.org)

Contrary to federal SNAP rules, DTA has a policy of requiring certain SNAP households to re-prove MA residency when they shop out of state. 7 C.F.R. § 273.12(c)(3). However, if you learn you are listed on a SNAP case in another state, and you are not living with that household report it to DTA.

If you receive a DTA letter saying you have to reprove your MA residency because you used your SNAP out of state, or DTA ends your SNAP for this reason, contact the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (vnegus@mlri.org)