Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

What is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program?

The SNAP program is a county-run, federal program that helps Minnesotans with low incomes get the food that’s needed for sound nutrition and well-balanced meals. The program provides support to help stretch your household food budget. It is not intended to meet all of your household's food needs. It is a supplement.

If you are approved for SNAP, you can use your benefits at many stores, farmers markets and senior dining sites.

Expedited SNAP

Expedited SNAP is available to the following types of households:

  • Those with less than $150 in monthly gross income and $100 or less in liquid assets
  • Destitute migrant or seasonal farm worker units who have $100 or less in liquid assets
  • Households where the combined monthly gross income and liquid assets are less than actual monthly housing and utility costs (or the standard utility allowance if the household is entitled to it)

Eligibility

SNAP eligibility depends on your household’s size and income. Isanti County Family Services accepts client applications, determines eligibility, and determines benefit levels in accordance with state and federal regulations. The SNAP program is available in all 87 Minnesota counties.

Next Steps

To apply for SNAP, contact Isanti County Family Services at 763-689-1711 or apply online through ApplyMN.

How Do I Get My Benefits?

Most food benefits are distributed through Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), which is similar to a debit card. Each month, your EBT account is credited with your benefits. During the month, you use your card to purchase food at enrolled grocery stores. You swipe your EBT card through a point-of-sale terminal and the purchases are deducted from your account balance. You may authorize an additional person to use your EBT card.

SNAP benefits can be used to buy food, plants, and seeds to grow food for you or your family. You can also use your EBT card at the Farmer's Market to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. They may also be used at authorized sites for Meals on Wheels and congregate dining.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Policies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customer, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.

(Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online by clicking here, or at any USDA office, or call 866-632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter by one of the following methods:

  • Mail to:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Director, Office of Adjudication
    1400 Independence Avenue SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
  • Fax to 202-690-7442
  • Email Your Form

Individuals With Hearing or Speech Disabilities

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 or 800-845-6136 (Spanish).

SNAP Hotline

For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at 800-221-5689, which is also in Spanish, or call the State Information/Hotline Numbers.

Equal Opportunity

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.