Food Support (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-SNAP)
by: foodsupport | Related: Food Stamp
The SNAP program is for individual and families with low incomes. Households must meet requirements and provide information/verification about their monthly income. To learn if you may be eligible for SNAP/Food Stamp, please review the information below. Or, to see if you might qualify for the SNAP program.
How do I apply for SNAP?
You can apply in several ways:
• In person at any snap registered office, between the hours of 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Applications are available at all county offices, and workers are available during working hours to answer any questions about applying for SNAP benefits.
• Online application through ApplyMN
• Print out and complete the Combined Application Form (CAF) and submit.
Are there other food and nutrition programs I might qualify for?
Below are other programs:
• Women, Infants and Children or WIC is a nutrition education program that provides free supplemental foods which promote food health
• The free or reduced price school lunch program is available for low income families that meets certain income qualifications. An application for this program can be get through your child's school.
• Commodity Supplemental Food Program or SFP
• Nutrition Program for Seniors or NPS
How long will it take after I apply to know if I qualify?
It depends on your recent situation. For some emergency situations, benefits can be issued within 5 working days. In most situations, the county will notify you by mail of a decision within 30 days or 1 month.
If I get SNAP benefits, how much will I get each month?
It depends on your monthly income, and expenses and the number of people in the household. The average amount is $99 for each person monhtly. The more people in your family, the more benefits they may get to buy food.
What foods are eligible for purchase through the SNAP?
SNAP benefits may be used for foods in the grocery such as bread and cereal, fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, and poultry, and dairy products; others like, seeds and plants which produce food to eat. SNAP benefits may not be used for any nonfood related items, such as pet food, soap, paper products, and household supplies; beer, wine, cigarettes, or tobacco; vitamins and medicines; food that you will be eaten in the store; and hot foods.
How are SNAP benefits received?
SNAP benefits are distributed through a plastic card that looks like a credit or atm debit card. It is called EBT card or Electronic Benefits Transfer. Every month, the card is filled up with the money to buy food at stores that accept SNAP, like grocery stores. The card is swiped and a PIN code number entered. The PIN helps keep benefits safe if the card is stolen or lost. The cost of food is deducted from the amount of money on the card.
What do I do if my SNAP benefits card is lost or stolen?
Call customer service hotline (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) at 1-888-997-2227 to report your card lost or stolen. Replacement EBT cards cannot be obtained directly at the county office and must be mailed. It can take up to 5 working days to receive your replacement card. A $2.00 card replacement charge will be deducted from either your food or cash benefits.
Do I have to use all my SNAP money up in the month I receive them?
No; however, if your benefits are not accessed for a very long period of time they may be removed from your card. If this happens, call your food support worker for further assistance.