North Dakota Food Stamps

In North Dakota, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS). This program is designed to help low-income households meet their nutritional needs by providing benefits that can be used to buy eligible food items. The North Dakota DHS issues about $7 million in food benefits to 27,200 households across the state each month. These benefits can be used to buy food products at grocery stores, farmers markets and other USDA-approved vendors. To receive food stamp benefits, you must first make sure you’re eligible. Eligibility is determined by a county social service office, and is based on household size, income and resource limits. Before you apply, you should visit this link to determine what information you’ll need to provide as well as your rights and responsibilities.

To apply for food stamp benefits in North Dakota, you have a few options. The easiest is to apply online through the OASYS system. You also have the option of downloading the application and submitting it by mail or in person to your local county social service office. Once your application is submitted, you will be contacted to set up an interview. You’ll need to provide verification of identity, residency and your financial situation. If you are approved for SNAP benefits, you will be issued an EBT card. Benefits are deposited the same time each month into your EBT account. You use the EBT card like any debit card. Simply swipe at the register and enter your four-digit PIN to make purchases of eligible food items.


1. How do I check my EBT account balance?

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

2. What should I do if my EBT card is lost or stolen?

If your EBT card is lost or stolen, call the EBT Customer Service Helpline at 800-947-6600 immediately.

3. When will I get my benefits?

You will receive SNAP benefits within 30 days of applying. After the first deposit, benefits become available on the first day of each month.

4. How much will I receive in benefits?

The benefit amounts are based on the USDA Thrifty Food Plan. A detailed outline of the plan based on household size is available here.

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: North Dakota Food Stamps.