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We are in the process of updating the SNAP Advocacy Guide, so some of the information is no longer current.  In the meantime, you can read or download a pdf of the 2022 guide from

Produced by Patricia Baker and Victoria Negus
Reviewed January 2020


DTA must administer the program in accordance with the federal regulations issued by USDA and any waivers or demonstration projects approved by USDA.


DTA issues its own SNAP regulations. The DTA SNAP regulations are printed in Chapter 106 of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations (C.M.R.).


DTA policy guidance:

DTA issues a wide range of guidance on how the SNAP and cash eligibility rules work, BEACON rules, when to issue notices and more:

  • The DTA Online Guide has detailed information written for DTA case managers on cash and SNAP case handling matters and is very useful for case advocacy.
  • In addition to the Online Guide, DTA has historically issued guidance through Operations Memos or monthly Transitions newsletters. MLRI has posted DTA’s older policy memos and ongoing Transitions here:

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