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Food Assistance

Benefit Category: State

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP helps low-income North Dakotans meet their nutritional needs.

The N.D. Department of Human Services issues about $7 million in food benefits each month to about 27,200 households in the state. Forty-four percent of the program participants are children, and 42 percent of the households have earned income (are working).

Benefits are issued on EBT cards and can only be used to buy food products at grocers, farmers markets and other USDA-approved vendors.

To help determine whether you might qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance benefits, use the Calculator. Eligibility must be determined by a county social service office.

To apply for SNAP, complete the Application for Assistance and/or contact your local County Social Service Office.

Great Plains Foodbank

North Dakota is home to over 56,000 veterans, many of whom struggle to provide nutritious food for their families as a result of unemployment, low wages, or service-related disabilities. In an effort to ensure that all qualified veterans are receiving benefits they deserve, the Great Plains Food Bank has made alleviating hunger among our nation’s heroes an integral part of our mission.

ND Food Pantries

The ND Division of Community Services periodically updates a list of Food Pantries operating within the State. This information is provided by the seven Community Action Agencies (CAAs) that provide services within their designated service areas.

The list provides the name and address of the Food Pantry, and a contact person available to provide assistance and information. Food Pantries are independent entities that provide food and non-food items to eligible individuals and families. There are a number of sponsors of Food Pantries, including churches, faith-based organizations, community groups, non-profit agencies, service organizations, senior citizen centers, governmental units, etc. The hours of operation, eligibility requirements and the types of food and non-food items available also vary. For additional information about a particular Food Pantry, contact the person listed for the specific Food Pantry.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is the most recognized name brand of senior nutrition programs.  But other senior meal programs by various names are in many communities in the U.S.and around the world and often go by names other thanMeals on Wheels (ageneric term generally reserved for home delivered meal programs).  While Meals on Wheels programs are delivered to the home, seniors may also find congregate meal programs at local senior centers, churches, or community centers.

Many communities have both Meals on Wheels and congregate senior meal programs through senior centers available to local residents.  You should alwayscontact your local meal program directly to find out what services are offered.

Search meal program locations to find one near you. If you don’t find one exactly in your town, search nearby towns. If you still don’t find one, contact us and we will attempt to find one for you.

Whether it’s a”Meals-on-Wheels” program, a senior nutrition program, a public senior meal program or a private meal program, all are important and contribute to senior nutrition and health.  MealCall helps seniors and family members connect with local programs.

MealCall also helps find volunteers for Meals-on-Wheels delivery, meal preparation, fundraising, administrative support, and helps public and private senior meal programs in their community outreach raise awareness of senior meal programs in the community.

Discharge Requests

Most Veteran’s benefits require that applicants provide a copy of their Form DD 214 or discharge record, which is evidence of their veteran status. This is an important document and must be safeguarded. In the State of North Dakota separation documents are considered confidential and privileged NDCC 37-18-11 (13). National Guard members may receive a NGB22 and /or NGB23 upon obtaining 20 years of satisfactory service (20 year letter).