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COVID-19 emergency food support

If your monthly income is now below the following amounts based on your household size, you may be eligible for assistance through SNAP.

Number of people Monthly income before taxes
1 $1,718
2 $2,326
3 $2,933
4 $3.541
5 $4,149
6 $4,757
7 $5,364
8 $5,972

For each additional family member above 8 add $608.

grocery-bag-240x350_AdobeStock_181124352Due to COVID-19 pandemic, many Minnesota families face difficult times. It may be hard to pay bills and find food to stay healthy. If you or someone you know has been laid off from work or seen work hours cut, help may be available. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help you buy food while budgets are tight.

To help recipients purchase food, SNAP offers monthly benefits loaded on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which works similarly to a debit card. This card can be used to buy groceries at authorized food stores and retailers.

You can fill out an application on-line at ApplyMN.dhs.mn.gov. After applying online, most applicants must complete a phone interview with your county or tribal human service office. 

For help applying or additional food resources, contact the Food Helpline at 1-888-711-1151 or visit Hunger Solutions.


Receive SNAP but can't leave your home?

Authorize a representative to use your EBT card and shop for groceries on your behalf

  1. Find a trusted adult who can shop for you and deliver your groceries.
  2. Call your county or tribal financial worker to have them added as an authorized representative on your case.

SNAP news and updates

Find important news and information about SNAP — including policy updates, instructions for using an EBT card and information about eligibility — at mn.gov/dhs/snap-changes/.

Local organizations and food support

Minnesota is home to a robust network of food shelves that may be able to offer additional food support. Many local food shelves are modifying hours or operations to ensure food can be provided safely. Once you have located a nearby organization, call or visit their website to get the most up-to-date information.

Find a food shelf or meal program near you

If you are concerned about how these resources may affect your citizenship status, food shelves will not affect your ability to become a citizen.

Grocery delivery options

Metro Mobility
651-602-1111
Mon. - Fri. | 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sat.-  Sun. | 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Transit Link
651-602-5465
Mon. - Fri. | 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Other Resources

Senior Linkage Line
800-333-2433 | seniorlinkageline.com
Mon. - Fri. | 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Disability HUB
866-333-2466 | disabilityhubmn.org 

LinkVet
888-546-5838 | linkvet.org

Do your grocery shopping online with EBT

SNAP participants and those receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program food benefits can now purchase eligible food items online using their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Amazon and Walmart are currently the only two approved online retailers in Minnesota, but if additional retailers are approved, they will be listed on this page. Only EBT food benefits can be used online at this time; EBT cash benefits cannot be used online. EBT food or cash benefits cannot be used to pay for delivery costs or any fees. Learn more on this webpage with frequently asked questions about Online EBT.

Renew Now 

About 20,000 Minnesotans on food and cash assistance programs, including SNAP, must renew or recertify their benefits before Sept. 1, 2020. To check if you need to renew, please contact your county office using this list of county and tribal human service offices and their phone number (PDF). If you need help with renewing, please contact your local outreach agency using this list of local providers (PDF).

Calling all healthy Minnesotans!

Vulnerable people in our communities like seniors, low-income families and individuals who lost their jobs need your help. Here are some ways for you to make a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Volunteer at a food shelf

Contact your local food shelf to find out if they are taking volunteers to help with delivering food to vulnerable seniors to keep them safe, pack or sort food for those in need. Volunteer needs change rapidly as COVID-19 evolves. Please visit organizations’ websites to learn about the most current volunteer needs. Find a food shelf near you.


Transportation

Metro Transit
651-373-3333
Mon. - Fri. | 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Metro Mobility
651-602-1111
Mon. - Fri. | 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sat.-  Sun. | 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Transit Link
651-602-5465
Mon. - Fri. | 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Donate to a food shelf

During this time of need, non-profit organizations are running low on food and hygiene items. You can help them stay well stocked for those in need. Find a list of local food shelves.


Other resources

Crisis Text Line (Text MN to 741741) or https://mn.gov/dhs/crisis/ 

Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Stop the Spread of Germs from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Free and Low-Cost Internet from Comcast’s Internet Essentials 

Minnesota Worker Protections 

Executive Orders from Minnesota Governor Walz

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