The Massachusetts Child Hunger Initiative
Newsletter Article – Food Stamps
We need your help! Please insert the following
announcement in your agency newsletter or church bulletin this summer.
Food Help Available for Low-Income Families.
In today’s economy, too many low-income families
are struggling to make ends meet. Food stamps can help families ensure
that your kids get consistent, healthy meals at home. Medical research
shows that food stamps raise the nutritional value of the food in your
home up to 40 percent, and improved nutrition for your child means
better behavior and performance in school.
But many families don’t even know they qualify
for the help. If you work for limited wages, work part-time, are
unemployed, receive welfare or other public assistance payments, or
are homeless, you may be eligible. Many non-U.S. citizens can receive
food stamps, and while undocumented immigrants cannot apply for
themselves, they may apply for their citizen children.
There are a number of convenient ways to apply
for food stamps. To find out if you are eligible and to estimate your
benefits, call Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 1.800.645.8333.
To apply for food stamps, visit the
Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) at 300 Ocean
Avenue, Revere on the Revere Beach MBTA stop (Blue Line),
Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. If you are unable to visit the
office in person, you can mail or fax your application to them. Call
DTA at 1.800.249.2007 to request an application.
Application assistance is available at East
Boston’s APAC (617.567.8857) and through Project
Bread (617.239.2585) at the East Boston Neighborhood Health
Center and EBECC. Call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Food stamps come in a debit card that
automatically deducts from your monthly benefits each time you use it
at the grocery store – an easy, convenient way to provide nutritious
food for your family!