Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Extra COVID Emergency SNAP benefits to end

Federal officials have declared that Emergency SNAP allotments will end after February 2023.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota received a waiver from the federal government to temporarily provide extra Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits known as Emergency SNAP, or E-SNAP. Federal officials have declared that the extra COVID Emergency SNAP benefits will end after February.

Most households will get their last E-SNAP payment in March. Starting in April, most households will get only one SNAP payment. That amount will be the household’s standard monthly benefit.

Additional information:

End of Extra COVID Emergency SNAP Flyer

End of Emergency SNAP FAQ

Food Assistance

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food support, is an electronic benefit used like money to buy food. SNAP benefits are for qualifying single people and families with or without children. The benefit amount is based on income and certain expenses and the number of people in the household. Applications are available by calling:

  • In the Metro 763-422-7200.
  • For calls outside of the Metro Area call 1-844-774-3455.

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The Economic Assistance lobby:

The Economic Assistance lobby is located on the 4th floor in the Blaine Human Service Center. Our lobby hours are 8:15 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Please note: we now have a scheduled appointment intake and interview system.

  • Apply Online
    • Apply online at MNBenefits.
    • Available to new applicants as well as those with active cases interested in applying for additional programs.
  • Paper Applications
    • Call the EZ Info line at 763-422-7200 to request an application by mail or fax.
    • Print online at eDocs Online
    • Fax, mail, or drop off the paper application. Drop off locations are listed on the Economic Assistance page.
  • Application saved to your computer

To complete the application process, we must receive the application and complete an interview within 30 days of applying. After an application is submitted, your assigned worker will call you for a phone interview. The worker will call the phone number listed on the application. The phone number of the worker will show as 763-422-7200 on caller ID.

For more information, go to the Department of Human Services website.

Did you know you can use your EBT card to shop for groceries online?

Click on the link to the right to see the flyer.            Online Shopping Flyer

Public Notification of USDA’s Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program inforamtion may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits, individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8330.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: from any USDA office, by calling (833) 620-1071, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant's name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistance Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3207 form or letter must be submitted to:

  1. mail: Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, 1320 Braddock Place, Room 334, Alexandria, VA 22314; or
  2. fax(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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