Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Minnesota families face difficult times. It may be hard to pay bills and find food to stay healthy. If you or someone you know has been laid off from work or seen work hours cut, help may be available. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help you buy food while budgets are tight.
SNAP offers monthly cash assistance toward food purchases. Monthly benefits are loaded on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which works similarly to a debit card. This card can be used to buy groceries at authorized food stores and retailers.
You can fill out an application on-line at ApplyMN.dhs.mn.gov. After applying online, most applicants must complete a phone interview with your county or tribal human service office.
For help applying or additional food resources, contact the Food Helpline at 1-888-711-1151 or visit Hunger Solutions.
You can check out the Minnesota Department of Human Services website for more resources related to food support here: https://mn.gov/dhs/food-emergency/.