Message from DTA (@DTA_Listens) about SNAP Benefits and DTA staffing due to the Government Shutdown.


We will add additional updates as we receive new information and resources

Feb 26th

Because of February SNAP early issuance, March SNAP benefits are being issued in the first few days of March to shorten the time between when clients get benefits. There is full funding available for March SNAP benefits. March SNAP benefits will be made available between March 1 – March 4 for most SNAP clients. Eligible clients who do not receive benefits on the modified issuance dates will receive them on their normal cyclical date or upon approval. Starting in April, benefits will be issued on the normal monthly issuance schedule.  SNAP rules and eligibility have not changed. For more information, visit

Jan 18th, 2019

Click here for more useful information from Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) re: SNAP, other food/nutrition programs, cash benefits, medical, housing, and unemployment.

Jan 16, 2019

Thank you to Mass Law Reform Institute for these flyers; please share with SNAP Recipients.  ENGLISH and SPANISH.

Jan 15, 2019

DTA has posted a Q&A on the early issuance of SNAP benefits on the state website.  Here is the link. 


Jan 14, 2019

The message below is copy and pasted from an email that was sent to DTA Advisory Boards and others:

  • Because of special circumstances, SNAP benefits for February are being sent early.
  • The vast majority of SNAP clients will get their February benefits between January 17th – 20th.
  • SNAP rules and eligibility have not changed.
  • We urge people to spend carefully to ensure that SNAP benefits last throughout February.
  • We do not know about March SNAP benefits at this time due to the federal government shutdown. We will share updates as soon as we have them.
  • For a future updates, please visit:
  • DTA staff will be focusing on processing cases this week in order to ensure that clients receive their February SNAP benefits early.  This will indeed have an effect on our wait times associated with the DTA Assistance Line.
  • Please encourage clients to utilize the DTA Connect mobile app or the self-service options available of the DTA Assistance Line whenever possible.
  • Instructions on how to navigate DTA Connect can be found by accessing the following link:

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