Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides Minnesotans with low incomes the opportunity to get the food they need for sound nutrition and balanced meals.

We know that filling out the SNAP Outreach (formerly food stamps) application can be confusing.  Our trained staff will make sure that all the required information is submitted the first time, and help people get the benefits they are eligible for as soon as possible.

SNAP funds come from the United States Department of Agriculture, are part of the Farm Bill and are distributed by County social service offices. SNAP used to be named “Food Stamps,” because of the paper stamps that were used. Now funds are carried on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. These funds can be used to purchase groceries, vegetable seeds and plants, senior meal plans, Fare For All and some nutrition-based programs.

There are different income guidelines for households that include someone 60 years of age or older and/or a person with disabilities. Lakes and Pines can provide more information, help people apply for SNAP and connect them with their local County social services office.

Contact the Community Services Department at 320-679-1800 or 800-832-6082 Option 4 or


Click here for more information on SNAP

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