Recertifications suspended for cash programs and SNAP
Recertifications and six-month review for cash programs and SNAP are not being sent for January and February 2021. Review dates for December-February will be extended six months for recertifications and one year for six-month reviews.
Due to COVID-19, walk-in assistance at the Northern Service Center lobby is limited, but some in-person services are available by appointment for those who have no other options to apply for public assistance benefits. For all other public assistance questions or needs, we are serving our customers over the phone, postal mail and online. Please contact your worker directly or call 651-554-5611 to reach our office as needed.
Getting your forms
Forms are needed during the application, recertification and verification process.
- Request mailed forms by calling 651-554-5611 or 1-800-247-1056
- Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road W., West St Paul, MN 55118
- Forms can be picked up between 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
By email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to your worker
By fax at 651-554-5748
By delivering to drop box at the front of the Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road W, West St Paul, MN 55118
By mail to Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road W, Suite 100, West St Paul, MN 55118
Your application will be assigned to a financial worker right away. A financial worker will call you to complete a telephone interview. Please answer all questions on the application.
You can get help with your SNAP application (screening and application assistance) from Second Harvest Heartland at 651-307-9033.
Information you need to provide
In addition to the application form, you will be required to provide verification of identity, age, citizenship, residence, property, income and more.
A list of acceptable verification is available.
All benefits are entered on an
EBT card. For assistance with a lost or stolen card, call EBT Customer Service at 1-800-997-2227.
Public notice of nondiscrimination statement
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations, Dakota County is prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.