How are SNAP benefits received?
SNAP benefits are distributed through a plastic card that looks like a credit or debit card. It is called an Electronic Benefits Transfer or EBT card. Every month, the card is filled up with the money to buy food at places that accept SNAP, such as grocery stores. The card is swiped and a code number entered (called a PIN or Personal Identification Number). The PIN helps keep benefits safe if the card is ever lost or stolen. The cost of food is subtracted from the amount of money on the card.

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1. Are there other food and nutrition programs I might qualify for?
2. How long does it take after I apply to know if I qualify?
3. If I get SNAP, how much will I get each month?
4. How do I apply for SNAP?
5. What foods are eligible for purchase through the SNAP?
6. How are SNAP benefits received?
7. How do I use my electronic food support benefits card?
8. Stores that accept Minnesota's Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Cards
9. What do I do if my SNAP benefits card is lost or stolen?
10. Do I have to use all my SNAP benefits up in the month I receive them?