2020 Food Stamp/ SNAP Advocacy Guide
An Advocate's Guide to the Food Stamp/ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Massachusetts
By Patricia Baker and Victoria Negus, January 2020 Edition
ALERT: Many of the rules in the SNAP Advocacy Guide do NOT apply during the pandemic. Please go to the following COVID-19 SNAP page: https://www.masslegalservices.org/DTA-COVID-19 until further notice.
An indispensable handbook for all who need to know about the Food Stamp/SNAP program in Massachusetts. The Food Stamp/SNAP Advocacy Guide provides practical information about how and where to apply, who is eligible, and how to appeal a denial or termination. This Guide has been updated to reflect significant changes in Food Stamp/SNAP policy. Organized for quick reference, the Guide takes advocates step-by-step through the financial eligibility rules, household composition rules, immigrant eligibility, and more. It also provides legal and technical information about the program, including detailed references to DTA regulations and procedural materials (Field Ops Memos, Hotline Q&As, Beacon User's Guide, and federal USDA guidance). Includes a Food Stamp/SNAP calculation worksheet, index of DTA regulations, sample advocacy forms.