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Hunger-relief leaders take a stand against the Trump administration’s proposed SNAP cuts

The Trump administration wants to tighten the rules governing who qualifies for food assistance, which could end up stripping more than 3 million people, including countless Minnesotans, of much-needed food assistance benefits. The new rule looks to end automatic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps) eligibility for people with slightly higher […]

SNAP and the shutdown

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are affected by the federal shutdown. Here’s what we know so far: Most February SNAP benefits have already been issued early. These are early payments, NOT extra or bonus. Plan your food budget knowing that these benefits will be the only benefits provided before March. Continue to use your […]

Job opportunity – SNAP Outreach Intern

We’re looking for an intern to help connect Minnesotans who struggle with hunger with the food resources they need through the Minnesota Food HelpLine. The HelpLine assists low-income individuals enroll in public nutrition programs like SNAP and connects them to other basic needs services. Last year, the HelpLine assisted 3,658 calls from Minnesota residents with […]

SNAP Help for Seniors

In Minnesota, there are over 50,000 seniors enrolled in SNAP. SNAP is a program that helps you buy the food you need for nutritious meals. For seniors living on a fixed income, SNAP can mean no longer choosing between buying groceries and paying for prescriptions. Senior Eligibility Qualifying for SNAP depends on how many people […]

SNAP help for adults without children

Most of the SNAP users in Minnesota are families with children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. The SNAP program calls adults who do not have a disability and do not have minor children “able-bodied adults without dependents” (or “ABAWDs” for short). They are adults ages 18-49 who don’t have any children in their household (or […]

How SNAP works

Let’s say you applied for SNAP and you get enrolled and get your EBT card. Now what? Ever wonder what you can and cannot buy with your card? Here’s what you can do with your new SNAP benefits. What can you buy with SNAP? SNAP is used at most grocery and convenience stores to buy […]

Misconceptions about qualifying for SNAP

  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 […]

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 […]

Update the Food Help Map

Hours of operation change, organizations move, new programs start up. It’s hard to keep up with every food resource across Minnesota! Help us keep the Food Help Map updated by completing the form below to let us know of any new resources or changes to the listings on the map. We’ll review the information and […]

Minnesota Food HelpLine Webinar

Year after year, Minnesota’s anti-hunger and social services agencies do great work to serve the people in need of help in their communities.  Yet, organizations’ resources are stretched thin. Everyone is serving more people with fewer resources. The Minnesota Food HelpLine is a resource for organizations that need an easy way to find resources for […]

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