If you are concerned or have difficulty affording groceries or accessing enough food to eat every day, we have good news! You may be eligible for new opportunities to get additional supports including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program also known as SNAP. The federal government has temporarily changed SNAP criteria/guidelines for college students and you may qualify for food support IF our Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) is zero AND you are eligible for work study (this applies even if a work-study assignment has not started or is not available).
What is SNAP?
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is formerly known as Food Stamps. SNAP is a federally funded monthly benefit available to individuals and households meeting predetermined asset and income criteria. SNAP helps individuals with low incomes 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 of your household’s food needs. It is a supplement. If you are approved for SNAP, you can use your benefits at many stores and farmers markets.
Who is eligible for SNAP…how do I qualify?
- Must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- The result of your FAFSA resulted in a Zero EFC (as determined by your school’s Financial Aid Office)
- Be taking 6 or more credits during the term you are seeking SNAP benefits
- Be eligible for the Federal or Minnesota State Work-Study Program during the term you are seeking SNAP benefits
What can you do to learn more about SNAP…how do I apply?
The Free online SNAP application for 7 Minnesota counties (Carlton, Aitkin, Pine, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, or Chisago County) is being provided by The Lakes & Pines Community Action Council, Inc. If you live in one of these counties, you can apply online at https://mn.gov/dhs/mnfoodhelper/. A SNAP Specialist will contact you with additional information about the application process. If you are not a resident of the counties listed above, you still complete the same online application, but will be referred to an agency in the region that provides SNAP assistance.
When applying for SNAP, you may be asked to provide documentation related to your income, college credit load, EFC, and work study eligibility. A copy of your class schedule and financial aid award letter can be found by using your eServices account. Please click here to access the log in page. You can always contact our financial aid office at kathie*AT*fdltcc.edu or dsutherland*AT*fdltcc.edu, or an advisor, for more assistance.
Second Harvest Heartland’s SNAP Program Information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUzLLhsajPw
If you live in one of the above counties, you can also call Lakes & Pines Community Action Council at: 800.832.6082 or 320.679.1800 (ext. 1975) to speak with a representative.
To read more SNAP information and/or to apply in Minnesota – please click here
To find the SNAP webpages for each state, please click here