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Food Stamps/ SNAP Calculators


1. Online SNAP calculator for MA residents:

CLICK HERE for a LINK to an online SNAP calculator that you can use right from your browser or mobile device, without downloading anything!

If you are less familiar with the rules, you can contact a Food Source Hotline counselor at Project Bread, for a free consulation about SNAP eligibility.

2. SNAP Exel Calculator (download): 

You can also download a detailed/ printable Excel "calculator" to estimate the amount of benefits. This calculator is designed for advocates familiar with Excel and the SNAP rules. It requires that a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice be loaded on your computer.

This calculator has 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 October 1, 2016.  It does NOT apply to households which contain sanctioned members.

3. SNAP Worksheet (print out): 

The SNAP calculation worksheet is a one page worksheet for manual calculations.  

NOTE: These calculators and worksheet 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.

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.

4. Excel Calculators from past time periods (useful to calc underpayments, check accuracy of alleged overpayments)

Note:  the following detailed calculators for prior period scan also be downloaded - Oct 1, 2016 to Jan 31, 2017  Feb 1 to Sept 30, 2016.  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.

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