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SNAP Facts and Eligibility

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) helps individuals and families supplement their food budgets. A SNAP recipient can be working, unemployed or a college student. An applicant doesn’t need a current photo ID, but must provide some type of identity verification. Eligibility is based on income and there are no asset limits.

SNAP is easy to use
In Minnesota, the money you get in SNAP benefits is put on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which you can use just like a debit card. SNAP benefits can be used at participating grocery stores, convenience stores and even some farmer’s markets—including our Lincoln Park Farmers Market. You can even rollover and save SNAP benefits to spend in future months. Receiving even a relatively small amount of SNAP benefits can have a big impact on your ability to make ends meet.

How to apply

What you’ll need
The following documents are usually required to approve the application, however the required documents can be submitted later. Don’t let a lack of documentation stop you from starting the process.

  • At least one form of ID showing name and address (driver’s license, voter registration card, passport, etc).
  • Documentation of income to include:
    • If you’re employed: pay stubs from the last two months
    • If you’re receiving unemployment benefits: unemployment compensation award letter
    • If you receive Social Security, SSI, or pension benefits: copies of checks or benefit statements
    • If you’re self-employed: income tax statements and bookkeeping records
  • Social Security numbers for all applicants
  • If you pay or receive child support:
    • Court order or child support statements
    • Canceled checks for child support payments
    • Statements from the person to whom you pay support
    • Receipts for child support payments
  • If you or anyone in your household is elderly or disabled:
    • Itemized receipts showing payment of medical bills during the past year
    • Repayment agreements with physicians covering payments extending into the future
    • Outstanding medical bills (if these are not paid by insurance, Medical Assistance, or Medicare)
    • Medicare card showing “Part B” and “Part D” coverage
  • Proof of housing expenses including rent, mortgage payment and utilities.

SNAP Success Stories

Katie is a single mother with two young daughters. Her 13-year- old has terminal cancer. She had missed her recertification due to her daughter’s treatment. We were able to reapply for Katie and the children. The family was awarded $484 per month in SNAP benefits. Now, Katie is able to concentrate on her daughter’s well-being.

Kristen came in to see us for SNAP, health insurance and tax support. She used our services over the four years she attended college in Duluth. She also applied for every grant and scholarship she could and worked three part-time jobs to pay her own way through college. She eventually was accepted into a master’s degree program out of state. She recently emailed, “I want to say thank you. Thank you for helping me get and keep insurance. Thank you for helping me with nutrition assistance, SNAP. Thank you for easing the burden, making it easier for me to focus on school. Now I am about graduate with my master’s degree and already have a fantastic, well-paying joy lined up in a nationally recognized company! So thank you. Thank you for being one of the people that helped me when I needed it, so that I could get to where I want to be and who I want to be.”

When Al lost his job, he needed a little support until he could find new employment. He was awarded $172 in SNAP benefits to cover his nutrition expenses the first month he was unemployed and $194 the second month. Happily Al was able to secure employment and no longer needs SNAP benefits.

Aaron shares custody of his child. He became injured and was unable to continue working. He is now able to draw unemployment and received help from us to secure SNAP benefits of $253 initially, as well as $357 in ongoing benefits.

Jack and Cindy
Jack and Cindy have a family of six with an annual income of $32,472. They were awarded $606 per month in SNAP benefits, which helped them greatly.

When Kristie came to see us she was just being released from a chemical dependency treatment center. She was focusing on regaining custody of her child and moving from her part-time job to a full-time job. Kristie was awarded $218 in SNAP benefits per month.