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STATE FOOD PROGRAMS

ISSUE DATE: 09/2012

Minnesota provides state-funded food benefits to 3 groups of people, ineligible for the federal SNAP program because they do not meet the citizenship requirements of the SNAP program. The 3 groups are:

MFIP participants who do not qualify for the federally-funded food portion of the MFIP grant due to non-citizenship status. The monthly amount of assistance is equal to the food portion the non-citizens would have been eligible for under MFIP if citizenship requirements were met.

DWP participants who do not qualify for federally funded SNAP due to non-citizen status and who are age 50 or older. The monthly amount of assistance is equal to the SNAP the non-citizens would have been eligible for if citizenship requirements were met. This is known as the Minnesota Food Assistance Program (MFAP) and referred to in MAXIS as the State Food Amount.

Non-citizens who do not receive MFIP and who do not qualify for federally funded SNAP due to citizenship requirements, and who are age 50 or older. They must meet all other SNAP eligibility requirements, and unless exempt or deferred, are subject to work provisions as well as SNAP E&T participation requirements. The amount of state-funded benefits will be equal to the amount of benefits that would have been received under the federal SNAP program if citizenship requirements were met. This is known as the Minnesota Food Assistance Program (MFAP) and referred to in MAXIS as the State Food Amount.


No additional application is required. Prorate benefits if a client is found eligible during the month.

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