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SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) participation in Massachusetts

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Why This Indicator Matters

SNAP plays a key role in reducing food insecurity across the country, for children in particular as well as families overall. SNAP benefits alone have kept an estimated 140,000 people out of poverty in Massachusetts, based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure.

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Definition and Source



Number – Number SNAP recipients. A “recipient” is a person who receives SNAP benefits.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) is a federal program that provides low-income people with assistance in purchasing food.

Data Source

Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, DTA Facts and Figures.


Data provided by zip code. DTA suppressed data for zip codes with fewer than 11 recipients through 2019, and starting in 2020 suppresses data for zip codes with fewer than 12 recipients. MassBudget recombines zip codes into cities and towns.

Last Updated

January 2024