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2023 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, March 2023 Edition

An indispensable handbook for all who need to know about the SNAP program in Massachusetts. The 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 SNAP policy since early 2020.

Organized for quick reference, the Guide takes advocates step-by-step through the financial eligibility rules, household composition rules, immigrant eligibility, and more. It provides legal and technical information about the program, including detailed references to DTA regulations and procedural materials, USDA regulations where relevant. The Guide includes updated SNAP benefits charts, sample advocacy forms and a cross walk chart to policy guidance in DTA's BEACON Online Guide.

  • Download a PDF of the 2023 Guide (free)

COVID-19 Update: The 2022 SNAP Advocacy Guide also flags many of the SNAP rules that have been suspended or waived due to the pandemic. To track additional SNAP DTA COVID-19 updates please visit: