Apply For SNAP

Helping individuals and families get food for good health

What is SNAP?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which used to be called food stamps, helps you and your family buy food needed for good health. You can get up to $259 for one person and up to $835 for a family of four to buy food. To buy food with your SNAP benefit, you use an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which works like a debit card. SNAP only works for food. Enrolling in SNAP gives you automatic additional benefits, including free school meals for your children, discounts on your utility bill, and access to the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), which provides a bonus to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets.

Who qualifies for SNAP?

SNAP is an entitlement program – meaning everyone can apply, whether you will be found eligible will depend on factors including income, expenses, age, student status, and immigration status. To qualify for SNAP, your household’s gross monthly income generally cannot be more than 200% of the federal poverty level ($2,265 for one person – $4,625 for four people). You may be eligible above this limit if a senior or person with disabilities is in your household.

What are my rights?

If you are denied SNAP or cash benefits, or disagree with a decision DTA has made:

  • Call the DTA Assistance Line or your case manager to ask more information about why they denied your case.
  • Call the DTA Ombudsman’s office and ask them to review your case at 617-348-5354 if you cannot reach a case manager.
  • Request a hearing if you disagree with DTA’s decision. There is an appeal form on the back of the DTA notice. Fill this out and fax or mail it back to DTA. During COVID-19 hearings are held by phone.
  • Contact 855-252-5342 or apply online at for free legal assistance.

How do I apply?

Please do one of the following to apply for SNAP:

  • Apply online at
  • Apply over the phone by calling Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 800-645-8333
  • In person by visiting the local DTA office located at 50 SW Cutoff, Worcester, MA 01604
  • In person by visiting a SNAP Outreach Partner

SNAP Outreach Partners

SNAP outreach is a joint effort between the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) and local agencies and community organizations. See the list of local SNAP outreach partners below:

Outreach partners can help you:

  • Complete your SNAP application, interim report and recertification
  • Understand the application process
  • Gather and submit required verifications
  • Remain eligible for SNAP by helping with the recertification process

How do I find help?

You can find help by contacting a local SNAP outreach partner. See the list of local SNAP outreach partners below or visit the DTA website for the full list.

Catholic Charities of Worcester


10 Hammond St

Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm

Walk in or by appointment

Centro Las Americas


11 Sycamore St

Call for hours and days

Worcester Massachusetts Veterans


69 Grove St

Call for hours and days

Barre Council on Aging


557 South Barre Road

Barre, MA 01005

Call for hours and days

*Serves seniors

Blackstone Council on Aging


15 St. Paul Street

Blackstone, MA 01504

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am – 7:00 pm Friday: 8:30 am to 12 Noon

Grafton Council on Aging

508-839-5335 x 1147

30 Providence Road

Grafton, MA 01519

Monday – Friday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

*Serves seniors

Growing Places


325 Lindell Ave

Leominster, MA 01453

Call for hours and days

House of Peace and Education (HOPE) for Women


29 Pleasant Street

Gardner, MA 01440

Call for hours and days

Making Opportunity Count, Inc. (fka Montachusett Opportunity Council)


601 River Street

Fitchburg, MA 01420

Call for hours and days

Marlborough Community Cupboard


46 Park Street

Framingham, MA 01702

Call for hours and days

Millbury Council on Aging


1 River Street

Millbury, MA 01527

Call for hours and days

Valuing Our Children


217 Walnut Street

Athol, MA 01331

Call for hours and days

Webster Council on Aging


15 Church Street

Webster, MA 01570

Call for hours and days

*Serves seniors

WHEAT Community Connections


272 High Street

Clinton, MA 01510

Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 10:00am – 1:00pm. After 1:00 by appointment

Interested in Becoming a SNAP Outreach Partner?

Please contact Jayna Mistry at (508)-856-3139 or at

For more information on SNAP Outreach for Partners please visit the DTA website.

Apply For SNAP Worcester

SNAP Retailer Locator

Find retailers that accept SNAP through the USDA SNAP Retailer Locator.

Embedded map from USDA SNAP Retailer Locator