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.

The amount of monthly SNAP benefits vary depending on size of the family, income, and expenses. The current monthly benefit amount for a family of three in Minnesota with no income is $355.


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
  5. Have less than $2,250 in resources

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 165% of the federal poverty level qualify for SNAP benefits. That’s about $3,000 a month for a family of three.

How to apply for SNAP in MN? #


Application for SNAP can be made online at ApplyMN or on paper using the Combined Application Form. Elderly who are 60 or older should use the one-page Senior SNAP Application.

Mail or bring the completed form to your local county or tribal office. An interview with a county worker will then be arranged to determine your eligibility. In most cases, you’ll be notified of your eligibility no later than 30 days.

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.