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  • Stearns County Human Services
    705 Courthouse Sq, St. Cloud, MN 56303-4781
Service Info
Service:SNAP - Food Support
Agency:Stearns County Human Services
Location:705 Courthouse Sq, Fl 2, St. Cloud, MN, 56303-4781 Map
Phone: (320) 656-6000

Service Description

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps people with low income to buy food and to better meet their nutritional needs.

SNAP, formerly known in Minnesota as Food Support and sometimes called Food Stamps, is not intended to meet all of your food budget needs. Benefits can be spent like cash in most food stores. They can be used to buy food or plants and seeds to grow food to eat.


Building Accessibility
  • 32 inches of clearance for all doorways
  • 36 inches of clearance for all hallways
  • Accessible elevator
  • Accessible main entrance (zero step approach)
  • Accessible public restroom
  • Designated disability parking
  • Easily operated door handles (levers or loops)
  • Power assisted door openers
  • Ramped or beveled door thresholds
Languages other than English
  • Accommodations provided to people with disabilities with reasonable notification
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Translator services
  • Vietnamese
  • Near a bus line or light rail train stop


If you need help to pay for food, you can apply even if you think you may not qualify.

Eligibility is based on household income minus some things you pay for (like utilities, housing and child care and more).
* People who are 60 or older or disabled have additional deductions (such as medical costs) and also income is figured differently.
* If everyone in your household gets Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) and/or General Assistance (GA), then you are under the income limit.
* Households exiting the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) may still qualify for SNAP.

Other rules:
* You cannot qualify for SNAP if you live in an institution.
* Some people must register for work - you can get help to find work.
* You cannot get both SNAP and Tribal Food Distribution in the same month.

Application Instructions

The fastest way to get started to apply for SNAP is to call your county social service office.
You can also start to apply online for SNAP and other help:

If you and everyone in your household is 60 or older, and you only want to apply for SNAP, you can use this application:

For more information about SNAP you can:
* Call the Twin Cities metro area hotline: (651) 431-4050
* Outside the metro area, call toll-free: (800) 657-3698
* Use the online screening tool to see if you may qualify:


No fee

Required Documents

  • current utility bills
  • ID
  • proof of home ownership/rental lease
  • proof of household income
  • proof of medical costs

Business Hours

8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday

Area Served

Stearns County




Telephone types, numbers and hours

FAX (320) 656 - 6134
General Information (320) 656 - 60008:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
Toll Free (800) 450 - 3663

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