Situations that may affect benefit amounts, eligibility
I have questions about my SNAP benefit amount or eligibility, including my Emergency SNAP (E-SNAP) amount. Who do I contact?
The best way to find out more about your benefits is to contact your local county or tribal office; find contact information in this list of county and tribal human service offices and their phone numbers.
Will my federal stimulus money count as income and reduce my SNAP benefits?
No. The federal stimulus funds issued to taxpayers are considered one-time unanticipated income and will not count as income for SNAP.
Does unemployment income count against my SNAP benefits?
Yes. Unemployment insurance payments are considered unearned income for SNAP. This includes the $600 extra weekly payment. All unemployment insurance recipients will receive these extra payments and so they will be automatically added to your income calculation.
In the past I had to participate in work or training to receive SNAP. Do I need to do that now?
No. Currently Minnesota has a statewide waiver of the work requirements. Minnesotans who previously lost their benefits because they did not meet this requirement may now qualify again. However, you may benefit from employment training support, which is available for free to SNAP recipients. To find a local provider, please visit the SNAP Employment and Training website.
What is the difference between Emergency SNAP (E-SNAP) and Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)?
E-SNAP is an ongoing benefit while the pandemic emergency is in place, while P-EBT is a one-time benefit based on eligibility on March 18, 2020. E-SNAP amounts vary, while P-EBT benefits are always $325 for each eligible child. E-SNAP is a benefit for all households, while P-EBT is a benefit for families with eligible children. Read more about the differences between E-SNAP and P-EBT (PDF). Questions about your E-SNAP benefits should be directed to your local county and tribal human service offices. Questions about your P-EBT benefits should be directed to the P-EBT hotline at 800-657-3698.
Why didn’t I get an E-SNAP supplement?
The two most common reasons households did not receive an E-SNAP supplement are 1) the household wasn’t receiving SNAP the month before, or 2) the household was already receiving the maximum allotment for their household size. Other factors may apply, so the best way to find out is to contact your local county and tribal human service offices..
My children receive free or reduced-price meals at school and we receive SNAP, but I did not receive a P-EBT benefit on my EBT card. Why not?
The most common reason SNAP or MFIP households may not have received automated P-EBT benefits is because the household did not qualify on March 18, 2020. These households may still qualify through the application process at mn.p-ebt.org. Applications must be completed by July 31, 2020. For questions, please contact the P-EBT helpline at 800-657-3698.