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.

Our human service centers are currently closed to the public to protect the community’s health and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19); however, you can still access many services via phone: 612-596-1300.

Please note you may experience long waits.

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Renew SNAP benefits

Renewal requirements for SNAP and cash assistance programs will resume in August for September renewal.

How to renew

Complete, sign, and return the Combined Application Form (CAF) or 6-month Report, which you will receive in the mail. Send required proof of changes, with case number on each page.

You can get help via phone while Human Service Centers are closed to the public.

Speak to a human services representative

Call 612-596-1300, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Fill out an application

Be aware that your benefits will not start until your paperwork is received and processed. Depending on the program for which you are applying, a phone interview may be required before your application can be processed.

ApplyMN online application

Or print the Combined application form. You may also call 612-596-1300 to have a form mailed to you.

Combined application form (PDF)

You can mail the form to P.O. Box 107, Minneapolis, MN 55440.  

You can fax the form to 612-288-2981.

Expedited food assistance

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. 

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 for participants

The goal of the SNAP Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T) is to improve the employability, self-sufficiency and well-being of people receiving SNAP food benefits. SNAP E&T is a voluntary program – available to anyone receiving SNAP – and also offers a way to allow people on SNAP to meet the SNAP work requirements*.

Here is what SNAP E&T could do for you:

  • Earn certifications and training
  • Provide job readiness training (e.g. preparing a resume or job application; interviewing skills; effective job search)
  • Life skills training (e.g. decision-making skills; balancing life and work; budget management; family strengthening skills)
  • Secure resources to get and keep a job (e.g. clothing for job interviews; transportation expenses; uniforms)

Wherever you are on your path to employment, SNAP Employment & Training services are available at numerous locations in Hennepin County depending on your interests and career goals. Map of SNAP E&T providers available in the state.

Consider contacting Colleen Dufek, 612-543-5159 or colleen.dufek@hennepin.us, who can help you navigate your options!

*Work requirements: Some individuals who are over age 18 and under 50 may be limited to three months of SNAP benefits every three years; unless, they are working or in a work or training program 20 hours per week, such as SNAP E&T; other restrictions may apply. Some individuals can be exempt from this requirement due to a disability, caretaking responsibilities for a child under age six, among other reasons.

SNAP Employment and Training for providers

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