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Dakota County Community Services Center Details Page

Dakota County Community Services Center
1 Mendota Rd
W St. Paul, MN - 55118
(651) 554-5742

Dakota County Community Services Center Details

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP, formerly know as Food Stamps, helps Minnesotans 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, farmers markets and senior dining sites.


Income and assets
SNAP eligibility depends on your household's income. Most types of income are counted. There are many deductions from income that are allowed under SNAP. A county worker can give you more information on income limits and deductions.

Households with an income at or below 165 percent of the federal poverty guideline that have also received theDomestic Violence Information Brochure (PDF)will not have an asset limit for determining benefits. You can print the brochure from the link provided or ask for it at yourcounty or tribal office (PDF). Then, just tell your county worker that you have received the brochure.

Self-screening tool
Thisscreening tool (PDF)asks a few questions to help you find out if you may qualify for SNAP. The screening tool only estimates your eligibility. The only way to know for sure if you qualify is to complete the application process.

Emergency SNAP
You may receive food benefits quickly if your household meets one of the following criteria, even if you had SNAP in another state during the month of application:

  • Households with monthly gross income less than $150 and liquid assets less than $100
  • Migrant or seasonal farm-worker households that have low income and $100 or less in liquid assets
  • Households in which the combined monthly gross income and liquid assets are less than their monthly housing costs and the applicable standard utility deduction, if applicable.


The amount of benefits you get is based on your income, expenses and the number of people in your household. If approved for the program, you will get an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. It is like a debit card. Each month, your benefits will be credited to your EBT account.

During the month, you use your card to purchase food at stores that display a poster or sign that reads: "We Accept EBT." Grocery stores and convenience stores must sell a variety of foods to be approved to accept EBT. The card also may be used at authorized sites for Meals on Wheels and congregate dining. Many farmers markets also accept EBT.

Learn more by reading theSNAP FAQsorHow to Use your Minnesota EBT Card (PDF).

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