Assistance Programs, Local Agencies, and Charities


Food * Housing * Cash Assistance * Bills * Health * Education * Employment

Minnesota Assistance Programs and Services


  • Minnesota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)  – Monthly food stamp benefits to help low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health, (+++)  Call: 800-657-3698
  • Minnesota Food Assistance Program (MFAP)   Provides state-funded food assistance to legal non-citizens age 50 or older who do not qualify for the SNAP, Call: 800-657-3698
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)  – Provides cash as temporary financial assistance to helps families with children meet their basic needs, while helping parents move to financial stability through workCall: Local County
  • Minnesota Federal Telephone Assistance Program (Lifeline)  – Offers discounts on basic monthly service for qualified telephone customers, Call: Local telephone company
  • Minnesota Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP)  – A State-funded program that provides a monthly discount on local telephone service, Call: Local telephone company
  • Minnesota Diversionary Work Program (DWP)   Provides help to qualifying Minnesota residents paying for housing and other bills, along with employment services to help them find full-time workCall: Local County
  • Minnesota Medical Assistance (MA)  – A health insurance program that provides medical and health-related services to eligible Minnesota residents, Call: 855-366-7873
  • MinnesotaCare  – A publicly subsidized health care program for eligible Minnesota residents who do not have access to affordable health care coverage, Call: 855-366-7873
  • Minnesota Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)  – Healthy foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition education, health care referrals, Call: 800-942-4030
  • Minnesota National School Lunch Program (NSLP)  – Provides low-cost or free lunches to school children, Call:  800-366-8922
  • Minnesota Special Milk Program  – Offers milk to children in schools, childcare institutions, and eligible camps, Call: 800-366-8922
  • Minnesota School Breakfast Program (SBP)  – Provides low-cost or free meals to school children, Call: 800-366-8922
  • Minnesota Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)  – Provides free meals and snacks to help low-income children in the summer months, Call800-366-8922
  • Minnesota Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)  – Provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults receiving day careCall:  800-366-8922
  • Minnesota Head Start  – Comprehensive child development programs serving low-income children and their familiesCall: 218-728-1091
  • Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP)  – Helps pay home heating costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified householdsCall: 800-657-3710
  • Minnesota Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)  – Enables income-qualified households to permanently reduce their energy bills by helping to make their homes more energy-efficient while protecting the health and safety of family members, Call: 800-657-3710
  • Minnesota Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)  – Designed to aid eligible individuals known to be at risk of malnutrition due to low income and poor health conditions, Call: 651-201-4404
  • Minnesota Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)  – Provides low-income seniors with special checks to buy fresh, nutritious fruits, vegetables, and herbs from authorized farmers’ markets, Call: 651-201-6000
  • Minnesota Housing Choice Voucher Program  – Helps eligible low-income households lease privately owned rental units from participating landlords, Call: Call local PHA
  • Minnesota Public Housing  – Provides safe, decent, and affordable rental units for eligible low-income residents., Call: Call local PHA