The SNAP program has special rules for seniors over 60 years of age. They still look at income, resources, and the amount of help available. But the limits and deductions are different for seniors. It can be complicated. It’s best to apply and let them figure out if you are eligible.
You can get information on SNAP, do an eligibility screening, and get help with an application by calling The MN FoodHelp line at 1 (888) 711-1151. You can also call the Senior LinkAge Line at 1 (800) 333-2433.
If the county denies your application for SNAP or any other public benefit, you have the right to appeal. The denial notice you get from them explains your appeal rights and your appeal deadline. Your Legal Aid office might be able to help you with your appeal. Call them as soon as possible.
If you are over 60 you can deduct unreimbursed out-of-pocket medical and dental expenses that are more than $35 a month. Only the amount over $35 can be deducted. Bring your medical and prescription drug bills to your local Human Services office and they do the calculation for you.
Note: You cannot do this if an insurance company or someone who is not a household member pays for the expenses.
If the income is from a program carried out under the Community Service Employment Program (Title V of the Older Americans Act) it does not count. These are programs like the Experience Works and the Senior Aides Program.
Volunteer stipends from programs like Senior Companions and Foster Grandparents are not counted as income in figuring out how much food support you should get. If you volunteer and get a stipend, make sure you ask your local Human Services office about it when you apply for Food Support. If you already get benefits and want to start volunteering, talk to your worker.
Ask your Human Services Office about other income deductions that seniors can get.
Yes. Monthly income you get from a retirement account counts towards the income limit. The balance in the account usually does not count towards the assets limit. However, any cash you keep from your monthly check counts toward the assets limit.
A separate state program, the Minnesota Food Assistance Program (MFAP) is available to non-citizens 50 years of age or older. Apply for MFAP at your local Human Services office. You get the same amount of food assistance that you would get if you had been eligible for the SNAP program.
Attention immigrants: A lot of people know about the new Public Charge rule. The rule says that getting food support can hurt your chances to get resident status. This rule is NOT in effect right now! You can get food support help if you need it.