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SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

There are many programs to help people with their food needs, such as emergency food help, Expedited SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps), and Minnesota Food Assistance. Visit the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) SNAP program website for more information.

What is the SNAP program?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program program is a county-run federal program that helps Minnesotans with low incomes get the food they need for sound nutrition and well-balanced meals. The program issues electronic food support benefits that can help stretch your household food budget.

What is the Minnesota Food Assistance Program?

The Minnesota Food Assistance Program (MFAP) was created by the Minnesota Legislature in response to federal law changes which made certain noncitizens ineligible for federally funded Food Support. MFAP uses state funds to replace the benefits lost when federal Food Support eligibility ends. MFAP is only available to noncitizens 50 years of age or older. Apply for MFAP as you would for Food Support at your county offices.

How do I get started?

SNAP eligibility depends on your household’s income. County human services agencies accept client applications, determine eligibility, and determine benefit levels in accordance with state and federal regulations. The SNAP Screening tool asks a few questions to help you determine if you may be eligible for the Food Support Program. 

What is the next step?

To apply for SNAP, contact your local county human service agency. In St Louis County contact St Louis County Public Health & Human Services or call the Food Support hotline at (800) 657-3698. For TTY service, call the Minnesota Relay at 711 or (800) 627-3529.  

Complete a Combined Application Form (CAF) and have an interview. The CAF is the application counties require you to complete to apply for Food Support and Cash assistance. When your benefits begin depends on the date the county receives the first page of the CAF.

Contact: Call for information or visit the nearest office for an application to determine if you are eligible. Duluth: 218-726-2101; Virginia: 218-749-7137; Hibbing: 218-262-6000; Ely: 218-365-8220 or call toll free 800-450-9777 or email financialassistance@stlouiscountymn.gov

For additional information visit the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Food Support website.

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs or disability.
 

Expedited SNAP

You may also apply for Expedited SNAP which makes benefits available quickly to households unable to meet their food needs. If you are eligible, benefits will be issued within 24 hours of your interview. Contact St Louis County Public Health & Human Services for more information.

Expedited SNAP is 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).

You may receive expedited service in Minnesota if you meet the above requirements, even if you received SNAP Support in another state during the month of application.

Contact: Call for information or visit the nearest office for an application to determine if you are eligible. Duluth: 218-726-2101; Virginia: 218-749-7137; Hibbing: 218-262-6000; Ely: 218-365-8220 or call toll free 800-450-9777 or email financialassistance@stlouiscountymn.gov. St Louis County is an equal opportunity provider.

For additional information visit the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Food Support website.  

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs or disability. 
      

Solutions to Common Problems

Problems with your benefits?
Contact your Local Financial Assistance office . 
Call the Food Support hotline: 800-657-3698 outside the metro area. 
For TTY service, call the Minnesota Relay at 711 or 800-627-3529.

Problems with your Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card?
To report lost or stolen cards call 888-997-2227. 
For information on using your EBT card see: How to Use your Minnesota EBT Card.

To file a Formal Complaint
In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free 866-632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 or 800-845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.