Minnesota Food Stamps

In Minnesota, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is administered by the Department of Human Services. This federal program is run by each county and helps Minnesota residents get the food they need to meet their nutritional needs. Additionally, the Minnesota Food Assistance Program (MFAP) was created in response to federal law changes that made certain noncitizens ineligible for SNAP benefits. MFAP uses state funds and is available to noncitizens 50 years of age or older. The application process for both programs is the same.

To determine if you’re eligible for SNAP benefits, you can use this screening tool. In general, SNAP eligibility depends on your household’s income. Once you’ve determined you’re eligible, you should proceed with applying for food stamp benefits. You can apply for food stamp benefits online by visiting this link. You may also elect to print out the application form and turn it in to your local Human Services agency office. If you’re approved for SNAP benefits, you will be issued a Minnesota EBT Card within two business days. You use your EBT card like any debit card. Simply swipe at the register and enter your four-digit PIN.


1. When will my EBT account be credited with benefits?

Your EBT account will be credited with food assistance benefits at the same time every month depending on your case number. A full breakdown is available here.

2. How do I check my EBT account balance?

To check your EBT account balance, simply log on to the website and enter your account information.

3. Is there a time limit to how long I can receive benefits?

No. As long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements you may continue to receive SNAP benefits.

4. How long does it take to know if I qualify for benefits?

Typically you will be notified within 30 days of applying. However, you can be issued benefits in as little as 24 hours if your situation is deemed an emergency.

5. Are there items that I cannot buy with SNAP benefits?

Yes. Federal law prohibits you from buying alcohol, tobacco, household items, vitamins and medicines, pet food and hot foods with food stamp benefits.

Contact: Minnesota Food Stamps.