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What is SNAP?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps you buy the food you need for nutritious meals. It used to be called food stamps.

How does it work?

Benefits come on an electronic benefits transfer card (EBT card). The EBT card works just like a debit card. It lets you buy food from most grocery stores and even some farmers markets. You cannot use an EBT card to buy non-food items or hot ready-to-eat food. Alcohol, tobacco, pet food, or medications are not allowed. Your income, expenses, and the number of people in your household determines your monthly benefit amount.

Who can get SNAP?

You may be eligible for SNAP if your monthly income is less than a set amount based on your household size. Most forms of income count. Income from a job, social security, and unemployment benefits all count in your monthly income.

The Minnesota Food HelpLine can help you figure out if you qualify for SNAP and help you apply. Call us today at 1-888-711-1151 to get started.


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