You can use your EBT card at most grocery stores, convenience stores, farmers markets, ATMs, direct marketing farmers, cash checking businesses and certain online retailers. Find a list of eligible stores using the retail locator on the Food and Nutrition Services website.
You may use your food benefits nationwide. Access to cash benefits is limited to Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
A POS machine is a machine in a store or farmer’s market that reads your EBT card when you purchase food or non-food items or withdraw cash benefits. You can use a POS machine to:
Some stores may limit the amount of cash you can get back from your cash benefits.
You can purchase eligible food items online with certain retailers. Only EBT food benefits can be used online. Find a list of online retailers that accept EBT at fns.usda.gov/snap/online-purchasing-pilot.
A separate payment type is required to purchase items that are not eligible for SNAP and to pay any delivery costs. EBT cash benefits can’t be used as the separate payment type.
You can withdraw cash from your cash benefit account at an ATM. You can’t use an ATM to get cash from your food benefit account.
You may be able to get your cash benefits at some businesses that cash checks.
Benefits are available on the same day every month, even on weekends or holidays.
|Case Type||If your case number ends in||Your cash benefits will be available after 6 a.m. on the|
Minnesota Family Investment Program or
|1, 3, 5, 7 or 9||second to last day of the month|
Minnesota Family Investment Program or
|0, 2, 4, 6 or 8||last day of the month|
|General Assistance, Minnesota Supplemental Aid or Refugee Cash Assistance||0 through 9||first day of the month|
|If your case number ends in||Your food benefits will be available after 12:01 a.m. on the|
|4||4th of every month|
|5||5th of every month|
|6||6th of every month|
|7||7th of every month|
|8||8th of every month|
|9||9th of every month|
|0||10th of every month|
|1||11th of every month|
|2||12th of every month|
|3||13th of every month|
A PIN is four secret numbers you use with your card to access benefits. Every time you use your card, you must enter these four secret numbers. To help prevent fraud you are not able to select a “common” PIN. Common PINs include:
When you select your PIN, choose four numbers that you can remember but that other people can’t easily guess.
When you use your card, your receipt shows how much you have left in your food and/or cash benefit accounts.
You will get four free cash withdrawal transactions per month. These cash withdrawals may be at a POS machine or an ATM. You will be charged $1 for each additional cash withdrawal, up to a maximum of $10. A cash-only withdrawal is for an amount up to the balance remaining in your cash account. There is no charge for a cash buy transaction or if you get cash back when you make a purchase.
You are responsible for your EBT card, Personal Identification Number (PIN) and the use of your benefits. Keep your PIN private. Please read the How to Use Your Minnesota EBT Card (English version) (Spanish version) for a guide on selecting your pin.
Here are some tips to help keep your benefits safe:
If your card has been lost or stolen, call ebtEDGE Customer Service at 888-997-2227 immediately.
If you need a replacement EBT card, call ebtEDGE Customer Service at 888-997-2227 and request a new card be mailed to you. It will take about 5-7 business days to get the new card. There is a $2 charge for all replacement EBT cards. The $2 card replacement fee will be deducted from your cash or food benefits.
Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) now allows Minnesota to replace stolen benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) due to EBT card digital fraud/theft, such as card skimming, card cloning and phone call or text message phishing scams.
Households may be eligible for a replacement of stolen benefits when the EBT card theft is reported within 30 business days (Monday – Friday) from the discovery of benefits stolen. Stolen benefits are eligible for replacement if the theft occurred from October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2024.
Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) law does not allow Minnesota to replace stolen P-EBT benefits.
To report and request a replacement of stolen food benefits, clients should contact their county or Tribal Nation eligibility worker.
Choose an adult you trust to help with shopping and accessing your food benefits. This person can be from your household or from outside of your household.
For more information, call your eligibility worker.
Before you start your application:
Tip: After starting this application, you have 30 days to complete and submit it. If you application is not submitted within 30 days, it will be deleted. Before starting this application, make sure that you have name(s), home address(es), and Social Security Number(s) for each store owner, and sales data for the store.
Your application is not complete until you submit the required supporting documents. Instructions for submitting your documentation are provided at the end of the application.
After you submit your supporting documents to FNS, you can check the status of your application in real time.
FNS will process your application and contact you if they need any further information. If you have additional questions, please call the SNAP Retailer Service Center at 1-877-823-4369.
After successful authorization, you will be issued a SNAP Permit, which includes the store name, store location, your name and the names of any additional owners, and the FNS Number. Use the FNS Number on this permit when ordering your equipment and when your POS device is programmed. If you already have equipment, talk to your current processor about programming it to accept SNAP-EBT and to get cost information.
A partial list of available vendors for SNAP-EBT equipment and services can be found here.
You are not required to select from one of the companies on the list; you should review the cost of leasing or purchasing equipment and services and make the best choice for your business. Farmer’s Markets are able to get no-cost wireless equipment. Retail food stores can get no-cost equipment that accepts SNAP-EBT only (no debit, credit, etc).
Minnesota offers free wireless point of sale (POS) equipment for FNS approved Farmers Markets and Direct Marketing Farmers in Minnesota. The equipment processes EBT benefits only and must be within range of an AT&T cell tower.
To request equipment email the following information to FarmersMarket.Equipment.DHS@state.mn.us:
Note: Equipment must be requested by the person approved by FNS to accept SNAP benefits.