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SNAP Participation Rate Programs

4400-1001

funding levels adjusted for inflation (CPI)

  • Funding History
  • Description
  • Proposals
Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY19 HWM $5,761,664 $5,761,664
FY18 $4,476,515 $4,376,983
FY17 $3,163,275 $3,026,983
FY16 $3,317,423 $3,116,586
FY15 $3,184,633 $2,971,883
FY14 $3,141,454 $2,910,728
FY13 $3,394,928 $3,097,436
FY12 $3,269,578 $2,933,683
FY11 $3,304,810 $2,880,694
FY10 $2,756,162 $2,355,724
FY09 $3,465,058 $2,932,760
FY08 $3,990,831 $3,331,112
FY07 $3,503,827 $2,820,000
FY06 $0 $0
FY05 $0 $0
FY04 $0 $0
FY03 $0 $0
FY02 $0 $0
FY01 $0 $0
  • See Changes in Funding
Between and
Funding for SNAP Participation Rate Programs
12.2%

comparisons adjusted for inflation (CPI)

Notes

  • In FY19, the HWM budget proposes shifting funding from SNAP Administration (4400-1001) into the a new line item to fund the Healthy Incentives Program (4400-1004). MassBudget shifts this funding back for more accurate year-to-year comparisons.
  • Use caution comparing funding for this line item FY09-FY10. In FY10, funding for information technology was taken out of this line item and shifted to a centralized information technology account. The exact amount of this accounting change is not available.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation funds programs designed to increase the participation of residents eligible, but not currently signed up, to receive SNAP. The SNAP program, formerly known as Food Stamps, is a federal nutrition program administered by the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) that helps low income residents stretch their food budget and buy healthy food.

SNAP is a federal entitlement program which means anyone who is eligible and applies for benefits will receive them. SNAP benefits are paid almost entirely by the federal government. However, in FY 2005 only 54 percent of eligible people were signed up to receive SNAP benefits ranking Massachusetts participation rate near the bottom when compared to other states at 47th. To increase participation, Massachusetts has funded and continues to fund programs specifically for this goal. In FY 2009, participation was up to 87 percent and Massachusetts' rank was 10th, and in 2012, 93 percent (ranking - 11th) of eligible people were participating. Participation rates for the eligible working poor are lower. In 2012, 71 percent of the eligible working poor were receiving benefits, up from 66 percent in FY 2009, and significantly higher than the 36 percent of eligible working poor who received benefits in FY 2005.

Massachusetts launched a number of initiatives to increase participation including streamlining the application and requiring only one signature to receive benefits. Reporting requirements for applicants have been eased and applicants do not need to re-verify eligibility if their status has not changed. Applications can be submitted in person, over the phone or online. Interviews, if needed, can also be conducted over the phone. DTA has a unit staffed to respond to SNAP inquiries, help determine eligibility and help applicants submit initial applications. DTA's outreach also includes recently piloted SNAP Outreach Centers where DTA staff are co-located within local community health and senior centers. Staff help applicants submit applications online and make sure they have all the information needed to secure benefits.

In October 2013, 890,000 people received SNAP benefits in Massachusetts, a 75 percent increase since May 2008. By July 2015, the number of people receiving benefits had decreased to 781,000. Currently, Massachusetts receives around $100 million in federal SNAP funds each month. In FY 2006 Massachusetts received $421.5 million for the entire year.

Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY19 HWM $5,761,664 $5,761,664
FY19 Gov $4,514,121 $4,514,121
FY18 $4,476,515 $4,376,983

Notes

  • In FY19, the HWM budget proposes shifting funding from SNAP Administration (4400-1001) into the a new line item to fund the Healthy Incentives Program (4400-1004). MassBudget shifts this funding back for more accurate year-to-year comparisons.
  • Use caution comparing funding for this line item FY09-FY10. In FY10, funding for information technology was taken out of this line item and shifted to a centralized information technology account. The exact amount of this accounting change is not available.