Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Frequent Pitfalls

Not attending your phone or in-office interview for SNAP

When you apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), you will have an interview. If you can’t go into the county office for the interview, you can schedule it over the phone. Make sure to keep your appointment or to reschedule it if you miss it. Your application will be denied if you don’t have an interview.

Not getting SNAP because you feel embarrassed

SNAP benefits used to be given out through Food Stamps. People would be embarrassed to use their Food Stamps because everyone in line would know that they were on SNAP. There are no more Food Stamps. You get SNAP benefits on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. EBT cards look and work like a debit card. No one in line at the grocery store will know that you’re on SNAP.

Not reporting changes to your income or living situation

When you start getting SNAP, you will get instructions on how to report changes in your household. In order to avoid problems with your SNAP benefits, it’s important to fill out these forms accurately and on time.

Not filling out the application at MNbenefits correctly

The online application form at MNbenefits is complicated. It’s important to read through the instructions carefully so that you are sure that you’ve filled out the form as best you can. You can save a partial application and come back to it later.

If you prefer, you can fill out a paper application.


It can be difficult to find accurate and complete information about public benefits programs. Some social workers and advocates may have limited knowledge of available options. They may also be unaware of how changes in income or employment can affect eligibility for such programs.

To be sure the information you receive is accurate and complete, Chat with a Hub expert or contact your county or tribal human services office.

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