There are many people who are eligible for food support benefits that don’t know 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. Community Action wants to help you obtain the benefits for which you are eligible. The money you save can then be used to cover other financial needs like water and utility bills, transportation and job search costs.
What are food support benefits?
Food support benefits (you may know them as food stamps*) free up money you might spend on groceries for other basic needs. Here’s how it works:
- If you are approved, you’ll receive a card that looks like a credit card
- Each month, your food support benefit amount is loaded into your account for food purchases
- Use the card to purchase groceries
How can Community Action help?
The goal of our Food Support Outreach Program is to increase awareness and access to food support 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 email@example.com.
For information about St. Paul City services that support access to healthy food and urban food production, click here.
For information about Ramsey County WIC eligibility, click here.
- Must not be currently receiving Food Support Benefits (food stamps) from Ramsey or Washington County Human Services
- Must be below USDA income eligibility guidelines
* Officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Effective November 1, 2010, food support income guidelines increased and asset limits were eliminated.
October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013
Number of People
Monthly Income Before Taxes
|* Add $545 for each additional person|
Food support benefits can only be used for food and for plants and seeds to grow food for your household to eat.
Food support 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