The Minnesota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly called the Food Stamp Program) helps you and your family buy food needed for good health. You can buy food from most grocery stores and other retailers that sell food. If you meet the program guidelines, you will get a special debit card (called an EBT Card). This debit card comes with a certain amount of money already on it to pay for food. The amount of money you get on the card may depend on three things:
- household income from all sources (earned and unearned) such as money you get from a job, Social Security, SSI, or interest
- how many people live in your household
- where you live
You can use the card at most grocery stores, certain senior centers, and some meal delivery services such as Meals on Wheels. It works just like a regular debit card. You buy your groceries using the card and the cost is taken out of the total amount on the card. More money is put on your debit card on a monthly basis.
How do I apply?
To apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), please complete the online application or you can print and fill out the application form and mail it to your local office. Call your State Hotline at (888) 711-1151 or (800) 657-3698
to see if you can apply by phone.
If you are receiving or applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, the state has created the Minnesota Combined Application
to make it easier for you to apply for SNAP. To get SNAP and SSI, please contact your local Social Security Administration Office.