Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
If you are struggling with food access, Takoda can help you apply for SNAP benefits. SNAP is the commonly used acronym that stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The benefits are also widely referred to as ‘food stamps.’ SNAP provides qualifying individuals and families with financial support to purchase fresh produce, meats, frozen foods, dairy, and dry goods. Takoda offers community members one-on-one assistance applying for SNAP so that basic needs can be met.
The SNAP application process takes 15-30 minutes and eligibility depends on factors like household size, household income, and ability status. A monthly SNAP “award” is generally $194 for a household of one person making $1,700 or less per month. Depending on eligibility, SNAP benefits can be accessed for up to three months every three years for one’s lifetime. For people who don’t qualify for SNAP, Takoda staff can connect you to other resources like food shelves, community meals, and food distribution events.
SNAP assistance is provided through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The card can be discreetly used like a debit card at participating stores. Clients generally receive their EBT card within 30 business days of the submission of their SNAP application.
P-EBT Now Available
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary food benefit available to Minnesota families with children who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open. Families with eligible children will receive a one-time payment of $325 per child on a new or existing EBT card to help fill the gap created by a loss of school meals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has authorized the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Minnesota Department of Education and Code for America to operate the program.
Due to a high volume of applications, some P-EBT applications are taking longer than 30 days for a card to be issued. Not having received a card within 30 days does not mean that your application has been denied or will be denied. If you applied online and do not qualify for P-EBT, you will receive an email to notify you that you have been denied after your application has been processed. Benefits are currently scheduled to be issued based on the schedule below.
- Applications received in June: P-EBT cards received by the end of July
- Applications received July 1-July 13: P-EBT cards mailed by the end of July
- Applications received July 14-July 31: P-EBT cards received by the end of August.