Other benefits related to SNAP
I have a child in my home. Are there additional food benefits for families due the pandemic?
Minnesota recently offered the Pandemic EBT benefit (P-EBT) for children receiving free and reduced-price school meals. The application period for this program has closed. If you receive P-EBT benefits, you will also receive an additional $100 P-EBT benefit in late August. Please check your P-EBT and Minnesota EBT card balances regularly. Find more information about receiving or using P-EBT benefits on the P-EBT webpage.
I applied for P-EBT before my friend and they have already gotten their P-EBT card. Where is mine?
Each application is evaluated independently. Many factors affect how long it takes to issue benefits and a delay does not necessarily mean your application has been denied. If your application is denied, you will receive a notification via the email address you provided. For an estimate of when you can expect to receive benefits, please visit mn.gov/dhs/p-ebt/.
When I signed up for SNAP, I also received other benefits (MFIP, child care assistance, etc.). Has anything changed in these programs?
Many state and federal program rules have temporarily changed in response to COVID-19. View this current list of assistance program changes.
I am receiving SNAP and recently lost my job or had my hours reduced, how can SNAP help me increase my income?
If you are eligible for SNAP, you may be able to participate in a SNAP Employment and Training program. These programs can help you be more successful in your job search or can train you for a new career. Most programs can support you with additional resources, and you can typically enroll and participate in these programs from your own home. For a list of providers near you, visit the SNAP E&T Provider Search or contact your local county or tribal human services using this list of county and tribal human service offices and their phone numbers (PDF).
I am having trouble stretching my SNAP dollars to meet my food needs. How can SNAP help?
If you are eligible for SNAP, you may be able to participate in a SNAP Education class. These programs are offered by the University of Minnesota Extension system and many tribal governments. They can help you learn to prepare and use healthy foods in new ways, identify strategies for stretching your food dollars further, and learn more about how what you eat can affect your health. Many providers are offering classes virtually. A list of available providers can be found on the University of Minnesota Extension website.
I am on SNAP; am I eligible for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) too?
No, American Indians can only be on either the SNAP or the FDPIR program, but not on both in the same month. However, if you had a child who received free or reduced price meals during the 2019-2020 school year, you can receive P-EBT benefits. To find out more or to apply, visit the P-EBT webpage.