Massachusetts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Food stamps, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), began in the United States in the late 1930's to help people buy and eat nutritious food, be stronger, and make up a more productive society. In 1971, the Food Stamp Program became a…

Massachusetts Head Start

Head Start is a Federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children's…

Massachusetts Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Massachusetts Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) (Fuel Assistance) provides eligible households with help in paying winter heating bills. The program pays benefits of fixed amounts based on household income. An additional benefit is available to…

Massachusetts MassHealth (CHIP)

There are some basic rules for getting MassHealth under the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Even if you or your family already have health insurance, you may be eligible if your family's income is low or medium and you are a child under age 19.

Massachusetts MassHealth (Medicaid)

Massachusetts Medicaid (MassHealth) pays for health care for certain low and medium income people living in Massachusetts. MassHealth offers health-care benefits directly or by paying part or all of your health-insurance premiums. MassHealth offers different types of…

Massachusetts Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

WIC is a nutrition program that provides healthy food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and other services free of charge to Massachusetts families who qualify. WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children.

Massachusetts Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children

The Massachusetts Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children Program provides temporary cash assistance and supportive services to children, individuals, and their families. Every person has the right, and is afforded the opportunity, to apply for any…

Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet Massachusetts' eligibility requirements.

Massachusetts Weatherization Assistance Program

The program provides LIHEAP-eligible households with energy efficiency services. Typical work includes: air sealing, attic and/or sidewall insulation, weatherstripping and minor repairs associated with the weatherization installed measures. It is not a home rehab…

National School Breakfast and Lunch Program for Massachusetts

The School Breakfast Program provides funding that makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious breakfast to students each day. Schools receive Federal funds for each breakfast served, provided that the meal meets established nutrition standards. The state of…

Special Milk Program for Massachusetts

The Special Milk Program (SMP) provides milk to children in schools and childcare institutions that do not participate in other Federal child nutrition meal service programs. The program reimburses schools for the milk they serve. Schools in the National School…