Program DescriptionThe Minnesota Food Assistance Program (MFAP) is a county-administered, state funded program that assists people and families with low incomes to purchase food to better meet their nutritional needs. The program is not intended to supply all of a person or family's food need. Instead, it is a supplement to help them achieve or maintain their independence. MFAP is provided to non-citizens who do not receive benefits from the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), who do not qualify for federally funded Food Support due to citizenship requirements, and who are age 50 or older. They must meet all other eligibility requirements as specified below.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Minnesota, meet the income guidelines listed below, and be given the Domestic Violence Brochure (DVB) which gives Categorical Eligibility with NO asset test. The link to this brochure is found at: https://edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Public/DHS-3477-ENG
The county agency will give you these brochures. The monthly Gross Income Test is based on 165 percent of Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG).
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessTo apply for Food Support, contact your county human services agency.
You can find your county government's web site on the State's NorthStar web site.You may also call the Food Support hotline at 651-431-4050 in the Twin Cities metro area or 1-800-627-3529.
Next, complete a Combined Application Form (CAF) and have an interview. The CAF is the application counties require you to complete to apply for food assistance. You may also apply for cash and health care assistance using this same form. When your benefits begin depends on the date the county receives the first page of the CAF. You can get a CAF from your local county office or from the DHS website. If you are not able to go to your county office for an interview or if you want a phone interview tell the county.