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Misconceptions about qualifying for SNAP

Woman at the grocery store using an EBT card to pay for groceries. A smiling cashier watches her swipe the card. Her two young sons are playing on the shopping cart in front of her. Image CC by 2.0 via flickr/USDA
On the Minnesota Food HelpLine, we hear a lot of people tell us that they don’t think they qualify for SNAP. Every situation is different, but here are some of the more common misconceptions we hear:

I have too much in my savings account to qualify.

Actually, only your monthly income determines eligibility. Any assets (like money in a savings or retirement account) do not count against you when applying for SNAP.

I am not working right now, so I don’t qualify.

Everyone is able to get 3 months of SNAP benefits. Individuals between the ages of 18-50 without kids must work or participate in a work-related activity (like a job training program) to continue to qualify after 3 months. People who have kids or are seniors or disabled do not have to work to qualify for SNAP.

I am not a U.S. citizen, so I don’t qualify.

Many non-citizens can qualify for SNAP. You may qualify if you have a green card, or if you are a refugee, asylee or trafficking victim.

I’m homeless and do not have a mailing address, so I can’t get SNAP.

Even without a permanent address, you can still qualify for SNAP. You can use the address of an authorized representative or set up a general delivery at a local post office. Or you can have your SNAP mail sent to your local county office.
Every person’s situation is different. Minnesota Food HelpLine is here to help you figure out if you qualify for SNAP. Call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 1-888-711-1151.

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