Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help you get the food you need and can help you stretch your food budget. This program is not intended to meet all of your food budget needs; instead, it supplements those needs while the person or family makes an effort to become self-supporting.
SNAP can be used to buy
- Seeds to grow food to eat
SNAP benefits cannot be use to buy
- Non-food items (such as paper products or household and personal hygiene supplies)
- Alcoholic drinks or tobacco products
- Vitamins and medication
- Pet foods
- Foods eaten in the store or hot, ready-to-eat food
After you submit an application, your case will be screened for expedited SNAP. You may qualify to have your benefits issued quickly if:
- Your liquid assets do not exceed $100 and your monthly gross income is less than $150
- Your liquid assets and gross income (earned and unearned) for the month are less than your housing costs.
- Some migrant and seasonal farmworker households may also get benefits quickly.
Once screened, you will be scheduled for a phone interview with a worker to review your application and go over any needed verifications. In some cases, a worker may try to call you prior to an interview being scheduled. Talk to a worker if you need an in-person interview.
Common verifications needed
- ID for applicant
- ID for authorized representative if you choose to have one and they complete the interview
- SSN's for all members applying for SNAP
- Proof of immigration status for members applying for SNAP
- Earned income - recent 30 days gross income and any tips received
- Unearned income - any type of unearned income and gross amounts from recent 30 days
- Recent work history if any employment has changed or ended
- Shelter expenses (optional to verify)
- Applicants that have a convicted drug felony from within the recent 10 years will be subject to an initial and random ongoing drug testing
It can take up to 30 days to determine eligibility. Benefits are issued monthly on an EBT (electronic benefit transaction) card.
**Each case and client is different. This is basic information. Verifications required vary on a case-by-case basis. Please check with your local county financial worker for case specific information.
Income Guidelines for SNAP (effective Sept 2022)
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- You can apply online at mnbenefits.mn.gov
- Come into our agency located at 204 Laurel St. Brainerd, MN 56401 to pick up an application. Our agency is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Call our agency at 218-824-1250 to request a paper application be mailed to you.
- Print an application and complete it by hand or complete it electronically and submit to our agency by one of the following methods:
In person at 204 Laurel St. Brainerd, MN 56401
Mail to P.O. Box 686 Brainerd, MN 56401
Fax to 218-824-1141
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Put in our drop box located outside our agency
Please Note: The day that we receive the first page of the Combined Application Form with at least your name, address and signature is the first day that you may be eligible for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). You will need to submit the rest of the application prior to your scheduled interview.
For more information about SNAP click below:
Other area food resources:
- Sharing bread
- Salvation army - Brainerd Lakes
- Ruby's Pantry
- Bridges of Hope - Operation Sandwich
- Fare for all
- Second Harvest North Central food bank
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (833) 620-1071, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to:
Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
1320 Braddock Place, Room 334
Alexandria, VA 22314; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.