Online at ApplyMN.dhs.mn.gov
On paper using the Combined Application Form (PDF) for families and individuals under age 60; individuals and couples who are 60 or older should use the one-page Senior SNAP Application (PDF). Mail or bring the completed form to your local county office.
The Combined Application Form is also available in:
After your application is reviewed, you will need to be interviewed and provide information such as your income, assets and housing costs.
Yes, if you authorize someone to act on your behalf. It can be a friend, relative, person with power of attorney, or person appointed by the courts. You need to provide information about this person on your application. This person will then be approved as your authorized representative. They can then contact your worker, attend interviews for you, complete forms, provide document, file appeals and receive your food benefits to help keep track of it.
If you cannot go to your county office for an interview, you can either:
Request to be interviewed over the phone
Have your authorized representative attend the interview for you.
It depends on your situation.
In most cases, your worker must notify you of a decision within 30 days.
For some emergency situations, you could get benefits within 24 hours, or five working days from the day you file your application.
It depends on your situation. Some people must complete a Combined Six-Month Report form and an annual recertification form to keep getting SNAP benefits. Some people must complete a monthly Household Report form. Your worker can tell you what you will need to do. Be sure you complete and return any paperwork that you get from your county office.
SNAP is a supplemental program. Your household is expected to spend about 30 percent of your income on food. The amount of benefits you can get depends on the number of people in your household and their income.
Minnesotans who are approved for the program receive a plastic debit card called an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Each month, your benefits will be credited to your EBT account. During the month, you swipe your EBT card and the purchase(s) are deducted from your account balance. The card can be used in grocery stores, markets, and some local farmers' markets to buy food, or plants and seeds to grow food to eat.
Benefits cannot be used to buy non-food items, such as paper products, household and personal hygiene supplies, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, vitamins, medication, pet foods, foods eaten in the store or hot ready-to-eat "deli" food.
You may authorize another person to use your EBT card. Read the General info questions below for more details about where you can shop.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is a nutrition assistance program that helps people with low incomes buy nutritious foods. SNAP is not meant to meet all of your food budget needs. It is a supplement. For more details, you can read and print the SNAP brochure (PDF).
You can use SNAP benefits only to buy food and plants and seeds to grow food for your household to eat. You cannot use it to buy:
For more information, visit the Using SNAP page on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's website.
You will receive an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card that you use like a debit card to spend your SNAP benefits. You can use your card at store that display a poster or sign that read: "We Accept EBT."
Grocery stores and convenience stores must sell a variety of foods to be approved to accept EBT cards. They will display the sign if they can accept EBT. The card may also be used at authorized sites for Meals on Wheels and congregate dining. Many farmers markets also accept EBT.
For more information on using your EBT card, see How to use your Minnesota EBT Card (PDF).
The EBT card looks and works like any other bank debit card, making it hard for people to tell what you are using to pay for your food.
If you are eligible for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits, you are most likely eligible for these benefits as well. You can use your WIC benefits to buy approved staples, such as eggs, milk and cheese, and your SNAP benefits to fill in the gaps.
SNAP is intended to help supplement the food and nutrition needs of people with low incomes. These benefits are for eligible families and individuals of all ages, including children and seniors. Minnesota has an estimated 88,000 seniors who struggle with hunger each year, but fewer than half are enrolled in the program. Currently, more than 500,000 Minnesotans-children, adults, families, seniors-participate in this nutrition assistance program.
SNAP rules require applicants to verify their identity to receive program benefits. Though a valid state‐issued ID is a common document used to prove identity, you can also use:
A birth certificate
An ID card for health benefits or another assistance program
A school or work ID card
Paycheck stubs containing applicant's name
Household income is the main test for determining who can get SNAP. Things such as the home you live in, retirement and savings accounts and vehicles are not counted.
You may own or buy a home and still receive SNAP. The home you live in and its lot are not counted as assets.
No. SNAP does not recover any benefits paid out using a lien against your home.
Yes, if you meet income limits and all other program rules.
Yes, if you meet all program rules. Anyone who needs help paying for food can apply.
There is no time limit for SNAP. When Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) runs out, your county can help you continue to get SNAP. Your worker may contact you for more information. If you do not want to keep getting SNAP, tell your worker.
MFIP benefits provide cash and food benefits to eligible families. Most families on MFIP receive a food portion as part of their MFIP benefits.
You can contact any of the following agencies directly to file a civil rights complaint:
The Minnesota Department of Human Services, Equal Opportunity and Access Division, prohibits discrimination in all of its programs because of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, sexual orientation, public assistance status, age or disability. Contact the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Equal Opportunity and Access Division directly at P.O. Box 64997, St. Paul, MN 55164-0997. Telephone 651-431-3040 or use your preferred relay service.
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights prohibits discrimination in public services programs because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or public assistance status. Contact the Minnesota Department of Human Rights directly at Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Freeman Building, 625 North Robert Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Telephone 651-539-1100 or toll free 800-657-3704 or TTY 651-296-1283.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights prohibits discrimination in its programs because of race, color, national origin, disability, age, and in some cases sex and religion. Contact the federal agency directly at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights, Region V, 233 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 240, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone 312-886-2359 or Toll Free 800-368-1019 or TTY 800-537-7697.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call 866-632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax 202-690-7442 or email at email@example.com.
For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at 800-221-5689, which is also in Spanish, or call the State Information/Hotline Numbers found online at http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/contact_info/hotlines.htm.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 or 800-845-6136 (Spanish).