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Program Eligibility

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a county-run federal program that issues electronic food support benefits that can be used like a check or debit card in most food stores. The amount you receive is dependent upon your income and household expenses.  The date the county receives the first page of the Combine Application Form determines the earliest date that benefits can begin. Find out more from the Minnesota Department of Human Services website.

To see if you are eligible, go to the  Food Support Screening Tool.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Expedited Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Available to the following types of households:

  • Those with less than $150 in monthly gross income and $100 or less in liquid assets.
  • Destitute migrant or seasonal farmworker units who have $100 or less in liquid assets.
  • Households where the combined monthly gross income and liquid assets are less than actual monthly housing and utility costs (or the standard utility allowance if the household is entitled to it).

The application process is quicker with interviews available within 24 hours. Benefits are generally issued within five working and seven calendar days if you are eligible.

Last updated: 12/12/2013 8:55 AM