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Cash and Food programs are prorated from the date we receive your application (this becomes your actual application date). We encourage you to complete the forms in our lobby, or to drop off page 1 of your application as soon as possible to maximize your benefits.
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You may apply:
Not necessarily, however, cash and food programs require an interview with an eligibility worker. We can do the interview in our office (face to face) or we can offer a phone interview when program rules allow.
Cash and food benefits are deposited onto an electronic benefit transfer (EBT)card. Food funds can only be accessed when using your card to purchase food items at a grocer. Cash benefits can be accessed at any ATM or a vendor that is licensed to accept EBT cards.
Access phone numbers and websites to call fraud hotlines.
We determine eligibility for the programs. To find out what is covered, please talk to your medical provider or call the number on the back of your Minnesota Health Care Card (1-800-938-3224).
We use your gross income, which is the income before any taxes are taken out.
Benefits are available on the same day every month, even on weekends or holidays. View a chart of benefit availability: Cash / Food Benefits Chart
You can request an EBT card by calling EBT Customer Service at 1-888-997-2227.
You can call 211, which is a United Way Information and Referral Service. You can also try an online directory to locate resources in your community at MinnesotaHelp.Info.