Now is the time to try SNAP!
SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is a monthly financial benefit that helps you purchase food at local stores, farmer’s markets, and even online. It is a program designed to make groceries more affordable for you, while also helping local businesses!
Right now, because of the pandemic, you might be eligible for many new and expanded benefits.
How much of a benefit you might qualify for depends on your household’s size and income. Our team of SNAP Outreach Specialists are available to talk to you about the program and to help you through the screening and application process.
There is no risk or penalty in seeing if you’re eligible. And our online screening tool is a quick way to take your first step with SNAP.
After you complete the screening, one of our SNAP Outreach Team will contact you to take the next step with SNAP. They can also refer you to additional food resources, whether you qualify for SNAP or not. You can also contact an outreach specialist by calling 651-209-7963 (toll-free at 1-844-764-5513).
SNAP can give you the power and freedom to:
- Purchase the food and ingredients you know and love.
- Access the nutrition that your body needs.
- Manage your food budget, putting income toward other expenses.
- Use the monthly benefits as you need them, because they stay in your SNAP account for up to one year.
- Help yourself and your family while also supporting local businesses.
- Participate in a USDA federal government nutrition program.
Today, more than 42 million Americans participate in SNAP!
Still, many Minnesotans are eligible but have not applied for SNAP. Whatever moment in life brings you to SNAP, it’s a program that will help when you need it.
SNAP isn’t the only food resource available near you
Whether or not you are eligible for or choose to enroll in SNAP, help with food is nearby and can be accessed as soon as today. There are 816 food shelves, meal programs, food distributions, discount grocery stores, and more around the state, in all 87 Minnesota counties. Here’s where to start.
And, another screening tool called Bridge to Benefits can help determine if you are eligible for other financial benefits, programs and tax credits.
⚠ Be aware of SNAP scams
There is never a fee for applying for benefits. Look out for ads on the internet that offer to help fill out applications. Scam alert provides regular updates about these illegal schemes.
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