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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 […]

Social determinants of hunger

If you’re low-income, hunger is not the only obstacle you face. In fact, the process of accessing nutritious food most likely highlights many of your problems. Can I safely get to a grocery store? Will my car make it? If my power fails in a snow storm will I have money to replace the food […]

SNAP Changed Her Life

We hear from hungry seniors everyday at the Minnesota Food HelpLine.  Joyce called us to share her struggle to afford healthy food. “I have been struggling to afford groceries for about a year. I’ve always known fruits and veggies provide a lot of necessary nutrition, they had always been too expensive. I had settled for […]

Solving Hunger: Finding Those Who Need Help

From our partners at AARP Minnesota During her year working for AARP Minnesota, Lynne McMullen learned that hunger can appear in unexpected ways: “Senior hunger is often an invisible problem. Hunger can look like obesity because you don’t have the money to eat healthy food.” McMullen joined the AARP Foundation Drive to End Hunger ( […]

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