Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP, formerly know as Food Stamps, helps Minnesotans with low incomes get the food they need for nutritious and well-balanced meals. The program provides support to help stretch your household food budget. It is not intended to meet all of your household’s food needs. It is a supplement.

SNAP eligibility depends on your household’s income. Most types of income are counted. There are many deductions from income that are allowed under SNAP. A county worker can give you more information on income limits and deductions. Households with an income at or below 165 percent of the federal poverty guideline that have also received the Domestic Violence Information Brochure will not have an asset limit for determining benefits. You can print the brochure from the link provided or ask for it at your county or tribal office. Then, just tell your county worker that you have received the brochure.

You may receive food benefits quickly if your household meets one of the following criteria, even if you had SNAP in another state during the month of application: Households with monthly gross income less than $150 and liquid assets less than $100 Migrant or seasonal farm worker households that have low income and $100 or less in liquid assets Households in which the combined monthly gross income and liquid assets are less than their monthly housing costs and the applicable standard utility deduction, if applicable.

The amount of benefits you get is based on your income, expenses and the number of people in your household. If approved for the program, you will get an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. It is like a debit card. Each month, your benefits will be credited to your EBT account. During the month, you use your card to purchase food at stores that display a poster or sign that reads: “We Accept EBT.” Grocery stores and convenience stores must sell a variety of foods to be approved to accept EBT. The card also may be used at authorized sites for Meals on Wheels and congregate dining. Many farmers markets also accept EBT.