What are SNAP benefits?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)** is a county-administered, state-supervised Federal program that helps Minnesotans with low incomes get the food they need for sound nutrition and well-balanced meals. The program issues electronic food support benefits that can help stretch your household food budget.

SNAP benefits are not cash. SNAP benefits are provided on an EBT card that is used like an ATM or bank card to buy food at most grocery stores. Here’s how it works:Food Support Benefits

  1. If you are approved, you’ll receive a card that looks like a credit card
  2. Each month, your SNAP benefit amount is loaded into your account for food purchases
  3. Use the card to purchase groceries

**Formerly known as Food Stamps or food support.


Many people who are eligible for SNAP benefits aren’t aware about the program, or don’t know they are eligible. If you are a low-income resident, laid off from work, disabled, under-employed, a senior citizen, a single adult or a family – you may be eligible.

If eligible, Community Action can help you apply for SNAP benefits to support the nutritional needs of you or your family. The money you save from your grocery bills can then be used to cover other financial needs like water and utility bills, transportation and job search costs.

General Eligibility Requirements

  • Not currently receiving SNAP benefits (food stamps) from Ramsey or Washington County Human Services
  • Must be below USDA income eligibility guidelines

How can Community Action help me?

The goal of our SNAP outreach is to increase awareness and access to SNAP benefits by providing free eligibility screening and application assistance. For more information about eligibility or application assistance, please call 651-603-5883 or email us at foodsupport@caprw.org.

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  • October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017
    SNAP Income Guidelines

    Number of People

    Monthly Income
    Before Taxes

    1 $1,634
    2 $2,203
    3 $2,772
    4 $3,342
    5 $3,911
    6 $4,480
    7 $5,051
    8 $5,623
    * Add $572 for each additional person

    SNAP benefits can only be used for food and for plants and seeds to grow food for your household to eat.

    SNAP benefits cannot be used to buy:

    • Any nonfood item, such as pet foods; soaps, paper products, and household supplies; grooming items, toothpaste, and cosmetics
    • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco
    • Vitamins and medicines
    • Any food that will be eaten in the store
    • Hot foods