Food assistance

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps people with low income to buy the food they need for sound nutrition and well-balanced meals. The program issues its benefits electronically on a card that is used to buy food at local stores.

Expand all information

Apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Fill out an application

Complete the Combined Application Form or call 612-596-1300 to have one mailed to you. You can bring the completed form to the office, fax, or mail it to the address on the form.

You must submit Page 1 of the Combined Application Form, including your signature and the date. The day the application is received by the agency is the first day you may be eligible to receive benefits. You have 30 days to submit the rest of the Combined Application Form.

You must participate in an intake interview, either in-person or by phone.

Apply online

You can use ApplyMN, a secure, online way to apply for healthcare, cash assistance, food support, and child care.

Locations

You may also visit one of our Human Services offices. No appointment is necessary. Limited drop-in child care is available while you are completing your business in our offices.

  • Century Plaza, 330 South 12th Street, Minneapolis MN 55404, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. M - F
  • Northwest Family Service Center, 7051 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center, MN, 55429, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M - F
  • VEAP Community Service Center, 9600 Aldrich Avenue South, Bloomington, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M,T,W,F , 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Th.

Mailing address

HSPHD - ED & EM
P.O. Box 107
Minneapolis, MN 55440

Fax number

612-288-2981

Expedited SNAP

You may be eligible to receive benefits within 24 hours of your interview. You will need to provide ID. We can help you prove your identity.

Get help applying

You may have someone else apply for you. To do this, you must write a letter identifying that person as an "authorized representative" who has permission to complete the process on your behalf. If you are in the hospital or homebound, call our office for assistance.

Find an interpreter

Available languages vary by office location. If we do not have the appropriate interpreter onsite, we will phone a language line for assistance. Please make an appointment if you need American Sign Language interpreter services for the hard-of-hearing.

You have the right to appeal

Applicants or clients who do not agree with an action taken on their case have the right to appeal. If you ask, you can continue to receive assistance while waiting for the appeal to be heard. However, if you lose the appeal, you must pay back any assistance received during that time.

You may bring an attorney, advocate, friend, or relative to the appeal hearing. The State of Minnesota will send a written decision to you after the hearing. Contact the Hennepin County Appeals Office at 612-348-2550 or 612-348-8852, or the Minnesota Department of Human Services Appeals office at 651-431-3600.

SNAP employment and training

The goal of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program employment and training program (SNAP E&T) is to help SNAP recipients gain employment and self-sufficiency.

As of October 1, 2013, SNAP E&T is mandatory for SNAP recipients between 18 and 50 years old. The program serves able bodied adults who receive SNAP benefits and are not receiving cash benefits.

Participants are interviewed to find their work-related strengths and barriers to employment. They also create a plan to help them gain or improve skills for employment. Job training may include General Equivalency Diploma (GED), ESL classes, high school diploma or short-term vocational training. Support services are provided on an individual basis for to help them find a job start work. In order to maintain eligibility, participants must work or look for a job while they receive SNAP benefits.

SNAP E&T services are administered at Century Plaza, 330 South 12th Street, Minneapolis MN 55404.

Collapse all information
Top