What is SNAP?
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of lower-income families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency. Households or individuals with low income who meet certain requirements may be eligible for assistance based on income limits.
Benefits are issued on EBT cards and can only be used to buy food products at grocers, farmers' markets and other USDA-approved vendors.
Are you receiving SNAP?
SNAP-Ed can teach you how to eat healthier and save money on healthy foods. Find out how.
How do I apply for SNAP?
Before you apply, please read the Before You Apply for SNAP document. This gives a brief overview of the information needed, why certain questions are asked, information about citizenship and immigration status and your rights and responsibilities. If you have questions about applying for SNAP, contact the Customer Support Center.
Print an application and return it to the Customer Support Center or in person at your local Human Service Zone office.
Apply by mail
Submit a request to have an application mailed to you and return it to the Customer Support Center.
Information and Resources
If you would like to find a version of these publications that can be translated, visit the Apply for Help Publications page.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Learn more about SNAP.
- Select the Financial Assistance link on the Policy Manual Homepage.
- Flyer - Summer Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) food assistance program for children (July 21, 2022)
- Flyer - NDWORKS - SNAP Statewide Voluntary Employment & Training Opportunities program. For more details about NDWORKS, contact the Customer Support Center.
- Quarterly Budget Insight: This report includes caseload and expenditure data for selected programs within the N.D. Department of Health and Human Services.
SNAP expands your ability to eat a variety of foods. The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) helps you use your SNAP benefits to make better food choices on a budget. With FNP you can learn how to:
Increase Healthy Foods
- Cook easy and delicious recipes at home.
- Make half your plate colorful fruits and vegetables.
- Read labels to make half your grains whole grain.
- Make the switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) dairy.
Save Money on Healthy Foods
- Plan meals ahead of time and make a grocery list.
- Use leftovers and planned overs in delicious ways.
- Compare “Unit Prices” to find the best buy.
- Buy fruits and vegetables in season.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) is available to SNAP recipients through NDSU Extension Service’s Family Nutrition Program. Please see www.ag.ndsu.edu/foodwise for more information.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.
Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
- Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
- Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
To report suspected SNAP fraud, call the Fraud Hotline at 1 (800) 472-2622 or email email@example.com.
Information on reporting suspected SNAP fraud or other SNAP-related scams is online at http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/fraud.htm and http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/alert.htm.
- USDA wants of scam targeting SNAP recipients.
- Be aware of a scam using texting to obtain your personal information. The text might say you were chosen to receive food stamps or SNAP. If you do not know if a request for information about SNAP is real or not, contact your local SNAP office.
- NEVER share personal information with individuals or organizations that you do not know. Personal information includes your social security number, bank information, or SNAP electronic benefits transfer card or PIN number.
- If you think the text is a scam, do not reply at all. Just DELETE it.
- Visit: USDA Notice
- SNAP clients be aware of unknown individual/organization using COVID-19 to request confidential information:
- If you are unsure if a request is legitimate, reach out to your local SNAP office (human service zone office).
- If you believe you are the victim of identity theft, contact your local police department regarding procedures for filing a report. You may also file a consumer complaint online with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). FTC is the federal agency responsible for protecting consumers from identity theft scams.
- See USDA Fraud Alert notification.
View the EBT webpage by clicking here.
Download: EBT Client Handbook
Download: Helpful EBT Tips
Visit: AARP Benefits QuickLINK
SNAP Retailer Locator - Find stores where you can use your SNAP EBT card to buy food. Click on Select Locations and type in county or city information to find USDA-approved vendors in your area, or use the map tool.
What else can HHS help me with?
HHS may be able to help with more than just food support.
Other programs you may qualify for include health care, child care assistance, housing and utility help.
Who can help me apply or answer questions about SNAP?
For help applying, questions about eligibility, or your existing case, contact the Customer Support Center:
Phone: 1.866.614.6005 or 701-328-1000; 711 (TTY)
Mail: Customer Support Center P.O. Box 5562 Bismarck ND 58506
State Office Contact Information:
Economic Assistance Policy Division
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
600 E Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 325
Bismarck ND 58505-0250
Phone: (701) 328-2332
Toll-Free: (800) 755-2716 (ND Only)