Due 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 Benefit 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 online at MNbenefits.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?
Have someone shop for you
Find a trusted adult who can shop for you and deliver your groceries. Call your county or tribal nation worker to have them added as an authorized representative on your case. Learn more about adding an authorized representative (PDF).
You can give your EBT card to a trusted adult without adding them as an authorized representative, but it is not recommended unless it's an emergency. Giving your EBT card to anyone outside of your household increases the risk of fraud. Benefits accessed from your EBT card using your PIN can’t be replaced, even if the card was used without your permission. Learn more about your EBT card and how to help protect your benefits against fraud (PDF).
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/.