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Fraud threat: SNAP hotline intercepted

Members of the public are reporting that they continue to receive unsolicited calls from that appears to be the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) toll-free information hotline number: 800-221-5689. The callers are requesting personal information offering assistance for filling out a SNAP application or other non-SNAP services such as home security systems. Never provide personal information or your credit card number over the phone to unsolicited callers. This outside entity that has spoofed the SNAP toll-free information hotline number is not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service or SNAP. If you suspect that you are receiving illegitimate calls, you may file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission. If you have already fallen victim to this or a similar scam, visit the FTC consumer webpage for more into formation on identity theft.

Simplified application launched for seniors to access healthy food

To increase seniors’ access to nutritious foods, DHS announced in April of 2013, the launch of a new one-page application for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for Minnesotans age 60 and older. Stemming from the recommendation of the Nutritious Food Coalition, launched by Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon in 2012, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Application for Seniors (PDF) is for senior-only households.

ApplyMN online application simplifies process

Minnesotans in need of health care, nutrition assistance, child care assistance and emergency assistance can apply online through ApplyMN, This site allows Minnesotans to fill out a single application online for a majority of public assistance programs

Recent news from the Nutritious Food Coalition and its partners

2015 farmers market season open for SNAP purchases, 08/03/2015
Improvements made to Department of Human Services’ dashboard of progress on key indicators
, 06/15/2015
SNAP benefits go beyond filling the refrigerator
, 01/23/2015
2014 Food Access Summit: Making food affordable for all
, 10/24/2014
Projects funded to help Minnesotans stay home as they age
, 09/12/2014

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