SNAP Outreach and Enrollment
AEOA provides Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) outreach and application assistance to seniors and other eligible persons in its service area.
SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps, is designed to assist low-income families in accessing nutritious food from regular grocery retail outlets, as well as farmers markets. For more information on SNAP, Feeding America has a FAQ you can read by clicking here.
2022-2023 AEOA SNAP FLYER. Click the link to see income initial income eligibility
Another resource for information on Minnesota's SNAP program is the MNFoodHelper.org website. It has frequently asked questions and maintains current income eligibility guidelines for food support.
SNAP at the Farmers Markets
AEOA supports SNAP acceptance at four area farmers markets: Virginia, Hibbing, Cook, and Tower. We also work with Minnesota Hunger Solutions’ Market Bucks program to double SNAP at the farmers market, up to $10. For more information on Market Bucks and to see a full list of all the markets that accept SNAP-EBT, visit https://www.hungersolutions.org/programs/market-bucks/.
NE MN Food Access Guide for 2023.
This guide is a food resource listing for northeastern Minnesota’s Iron Range communities. It includes Food Shelf information by location, as well as information on food financial assistance programs. Found Here NE MN Food Access Guide
Bridge to Benefits
Curious if you’re eligible for Food Support? The Bridge to Benefits brochure is a self-screening tool for individuals and families to see if they meet initial eligibility requirements, mainly income by household size. Found Here Bridge to Benefits Tool
The Bridge to Benefits website is located here: http://bridgetobenefits.org/Home2 The website has a lot of resources and information listed from the Affordable Care Act, to Child Care Assistance, SNAP, School Meal programs, WIC, Energy Assistance, Medical Assistance, and more. It has an online version of the Bridge to Benefits Screening Tool that can help you see what kinds of assistance you may be eligible for.