skip to content
Primary navigation

Federal food programs administered through the Minnesota Department of Human Services including The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)

Snap logo

SNAP: More than 400,000 Minnesotans receive nutrition benefits through the program each month. In State Fiscal Year 2018, more than $550 million in federal nutrition assistance benefits were paid in Minnesota.

  • As the most effective anti-hunger program in the country, SNAP helps Minnesotans with low incomes buy food.
  • Seventy-one percent of those receiving SNAP are children, seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Many people receiving SNAP are working but still have incomes that are low enough to qualify for the program. 
  • SNAP pumps hundreds of millions of dollars into Minnesota’s economy benefiting farmers, grocers and workers in a number of economic sectors.


Fact sheets

TEFAP logo

The Emergency Food Assistance Program: Minnesotans living on very low incomes received nearly 9.6 million pounds of the program's food in Fiscal Year 2018.

  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program provides nutritious food for community food shelves and on-site meal programs that serve Minnesotans with low incomes.
  • In 2017, Minnesotans made more than 3.4 million visits to food shelves.
  • The federal government's funding allocation is just over $1.2 million for 2018. Funds are used to cover costs associated with administration and storage and distribution of The Emergency Food Assistance Program. 

More information


SNAP does not meet all the food needs of Minnesotans with low incomes

The average SNAP benefit per person per meal is $1.22

SNAP helps hungry Minnesotans buy food

More than 400,000 Minnesotans receive SNAP each month. Their incomes are below 165 percent of the federal poverty level, about $34,000 a year for a family of three.

Additional resources

Hunger Solutions Minnesota works in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services on behalf of Minnesotans who experience hunger. Hunger Solutions connects hunger-relief organizations with funding, technical assistance, logistical support, and grassroots advocacy to reach thousands of Minnesota individuals, families and children in need.

SNAP Outreach grantees, SNAP Outreach in Minnesota began with 12 partner agencies and now includes more than 30 community partners. In Federal Fiscal Year 2017, Minnesota received $2.2 million in Federal funds for this outreach effort. Minnesota focuses its outreach efforts on seniors with low incomes, and children in poverty and their families.

back to top