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SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Application Information:

To apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), you need to fill out an Application for Assistance.  This application can also be used to apply for any of North Dakota’s Health Care Coverage (Healthy Steps/State Children’s Health Insurance Program –SCHIP; Medicaid); Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); and Child Care Assistance.  After turning in your completed application, you must have a face-to-face interview with a county worker before you can get SNAP. The longest you should have to wait for SNAP is 30 days from the day you turn in your completed application. If you have an immediate need for food, you can complete the first page of the Application for Assistance and turn it into your county social service office. Your application will be processed within seven days.

You may complete an online application which will be electronically sent to your county social service office, who will determine your qualification for programs.

What you may need to apply:

  • Proof of identity
  • Social Security Numbers only for people in your household who are applying for benefits
  • For non-citizen applicants, proof of acceptable immigration status only for people in your household who are applying for benefits
  • Proof of income such as check stubs from earned and unearned income, for example, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, pension, SSI, disability, etc.
  • Proof of expenses such as rent, mortgage, utilities, child care costs, court-ordered child support payments, etc.

Do not send original documents. Make a copy of all proofs that you are including with your application.

Other rules that may affect your eligibility:

  • Citizenship Requirement:  You must be a U.S. citizen or have an acceptable immigration status to be eligible for benefits. There are exceptions to this rule.
  • You do not have to tell the worker about the immigration status of people that you are not applying for, but you have to tell how many people live with you and how much money they make.
  • Residency Requirement: You do not need to be a North Dakota resident to apply. However, you must apply in the county you live in.

For more information on the eligibility requirements or explanations of benefits, click here.