Applying for Additional SNAP Benefits

May 9, 2016

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”) offers important monthly food assistance to low-income people and families.  Also known as the Food Stamp program, SNAP limits the benefits available to some adults.  People who are able to work and do not live in a household with children may get three months of benefits in a 36 month period.  Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD’s) are subject to this time limit, but there are some exceptions.

ABAWD’s who have already used up their three months of SNAP assistance may be eligible to receive an additional 3 months of benefits. 

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How do you get more months of SNAP benefits?

  • Apply for benefits:
  • Meet with the intake worker or SNAP Employment and Training counselor assigned to you, and work toward finding a job.
Tell the county if you are:
  • Working
  • Sick or injured and cannot work
  • Homeless
  • A student enrolled at least half-time
  • A victim of domestic abuse
  • A veteran
  • A young adult who recently became too old for foster care (“aged out”)
Also tell the county if you:
  • Stopped getting MFIP because your youngest child is now too old
  • Regularly participate in a substance abuse program (including AA or NA)

If your application is denied, call SMRLS for legal help at 651-222-4731.

Do you need help applying for SNAP benefits? 

There may be an assistance agency in your county to help you fill out the application.  To find an assistance agency click here, select the county where you live, and select Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) under “Programs.”   You can also receive help applying at your local county office. 

For more information about the SNAP work rules for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents, click here.

Is your family struggling to put food on the table? 

Help is available! Find out your options by calling the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 1-888-711-1151, Monday – Friday – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or click here to find food resources near you.  

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