Food Support: What is eligible?

Having a hard time paying for food?
The Food Support Program is Minnesota’s name for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Food Support program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is designed to help people with low incomes buy nutritious foods.


The Food Support Program can help take some financial burden off their hands and bring them closer to financial self-sufficiency as well as a healthier lifestyle.


Eat right when money’s tight
The resource or asset limit for all households is $7,000. Children automatically qualify for free school breakfast and lunch when they receive Food benefits. Some participants may also qualify for WIC benefits.


Benefitting communities
The Food Support Program is good for communities. Every $5 in new Food Support Benefits generates nearly twice as much ($9.70) in total community spending.


Who is eligible for food support? You might be.
The Food Support program is a county-run, federal program that helps Minnesotans with low incomes get the food they need to provide sound nutrition and well-balanced meals. In Minnesota, an estimated 40% of seniors and as many as 30% of individuals and families who are eligible for the program do not receive it. The biggest reason is that they did not know they were eligible.

To find out if you may qualify for food support, you can begin by choosing one of the two following questionnaires and answering the questions


Are you younger than 60?  (click here)
Are you 60 or older?  (click here)


“Food Support eligibility depends on your household’s income and assets. Households must have income at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty guideline. As long as you receive the Domestic Violence Information Brochure, your household will have an asset limit of $7,000. The brochure is available on this Web site or at your county office. Just tell your county worker that you have received the brochure. County human services agencies accept client applications, determine eligibility and determine benefit levels in accordance with state and federal regulations. The Food Support program is available in all 87 Minnesota counties.


You may apply for Expedited Food Support, which makes benefits available quickly to households unable to meet their food needs. If you are eligible, benefits will be issued within 24 hours of your interview. Expedited Food Support 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 their actual monthly housing and utility costs (or the standard utility allowance if the unit is entitled to it).


You may receive expedited service in Minnesota if you meet the above requirements, even if you received Food Support in another state during the month of application.


Eligibility Requirements
You may be eligible if...

  • You and everyone who lived with you receives Supplemental Security Income  (SSI), General Assistance (GA), Minnesota Supplemental AID (MSA) OR
  • You receive or are authorized to receive Child Care benefits under the Transition Year Child Care program or the Basic Sliding Fee Child Care program, OR
  • You participate in the Diversionary Work Program (DWP)


If you don’t meet the above eligibility requirements, you may be eligible if:

  • You have received a copy of the Domestic Violence Brochure, and your assets are less than $7,000 AND
  • You are under age 60 and your income does not exceed the maximum gross income limit guidelines (below) OR
  • You are age 60 or older and your income, after allowing for expenses such as rent and medical costs, is within the net income (below)


Eligibility Requirements