Minnesota SNAP

SNAP is a county-run, state-supervised federal program that helps low-income Minnesotans get the food they need for sound nutrition and well-balanced diet.

The program issues electronic benefits that can be spent like cash in most food stores or some farmers markets. Acceptable purchases include food for people and plants and/or seeds to grow food.


Who qualifies for SNAP in MN? #

In order to qualify for SNAP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Live in Minnesota
  2. Be a US Citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  3. Show proof of identity
  4. Meet certain income guidelines

As a condition of eligibility, all work-eligible participants who aren’t exempt are required to participate in the SNAP Employment and Training program.

ABAWDs must comply with special work rules or they will be subject to a three-month time limit on SNAP receipt.

What is the income limit for food stamps in MN? #

Most families in Minnesota with gross income up to 200% of the federal poverty level are eligible. That’s about $4,143 a month for a family of three.

There is no asset limit in Minnesota.

Family Size 100% 200%
1 $1,215 $2,430
2 $1,643 $3,287
3 $2,072 $4,143
4 $2,500 $5,000
5 $2,928 $5,857
6 $3,357 $6,713
7 $3,785 $7,570
8 $4,213 $8,427

Gross income limit applies to most households, except those in which at least one person is 60 years of age or older, or receives disability income.

This screening tool (PDF) asks a few questions to help you find out if you may qualify for SNAP and estimate your eligibility.

How much is Minnesota SNAP benefits? #

SNAP benefits may vary from family to family depending on a variety of factors, including the household size, income and allowable deductions.

For example, a family of three with no income may receive up to $740 in monthly benefits or $440 each month if the family has a net monthly income of $1,000.

  • Family Size SNAP Benefits
  • 1 $281
  • 2 $516
  • 3 $740
  • 4 $939
  • 5 $1,116
  • 6 $1,339
  • 7 $1,480
  • 8 $1,691

The actual SNAP benefit amounts are based on a household's net income with a general rule that an increase of $100 in net income results in a reduction of $30 in benefits.

How do I apply for SNAP in MN? #

Applications for SNAP can be made online at ApplyMN or on paper using the Combined Application Form. In most cases, you’ll be notified of your eligibility no later than 30 days from the date the office got your application.

For some emergency situations, you could get benefits within 24 hours, or five working days from the day you file your application.

If you need food right now, Minnesota Hunger Partners and the Minnesota Food Helpline 1-888-711-1151, a program of Hunger Solutions Minnesota, can help you find a food bank or meal.

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