Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Financial Assistance

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP):

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, helps low income Minnesotan's get the food they need for nutritious and well-balanced meals. The program provides support to help stretch your household food budget. It is not intended to meet all your household's food needs. It is a supplement. Approved participants get a debit card to use and to buy food at many stores and farmers markets.

The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)  includes both cash and food benefits.

The Minnesota Food Assistance Program (MFAP) provides food assistance to non-citizens age 50 years old or older who do not qualify for SNAP because of their citizenship status.

We encourage you to apply for SNAP right away if you struggle to meet your food and nutrition needs on a regular basis. Please click on the secure MN Department of Human Services link below for additional resources, information, and how to apply:

*People who meet the expedited SNAP criteria could receive benefits right away or within 5 days.

Lakes and Pines: SNAP application and renewals:
Lakes and Pines can assist Pine County residents with their SNAP applications & renewals every Wednesday, by appointment only, from 1pm  - 4pm. Please contact Lakes and Pines for a basic intake and to schedule your appointment.  Contact the Community Services Department at 320-679-1800 or 800-832-6082 Option 4 or .

If you receive SNAP and are looking for work, SNAP Employment and Training provides counseling and support through the job search assistance, resume writing, interview tips, and more. A free voluntary program. For information, please contract Sandra C at 320-364-9005. 


Apply online for SNAP:

EBT online purchasing program:
On May 1, 2020, the federal government approved Minnesota’s request to allow households that receive
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) food
benefits to purchase eligible food items with their EBT food benefits online. Participants statewide are now able to order online from the three retailers currently authorized to accept EBT food benefits in Minnesota: ALDI, Amazon and Walmart. 
For more information on EBT online purchasing, please click on this link: