How To Apply For North Dakota SNAP Benefits

View the information below if you are interested in applying for a EBT card in North Dakota. It is important that you have all the documentation and information needed so the application process is not delayed. If you still have questions or issues about applying for food stamps, known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), then you can call the North Dakota SNAP hotline at 800-755-2716 or 701-328-2328. The department that handles this program is called the North Dakota Department of Human Services.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps low-income North Dakotans meet their nutritional needs. The ND 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. Benefits are issued on EBT cards and can only be used to buy food products at grocers, farmers markets and other USDA-approved vendors.

North Dakota food stamp eligibility requirements

Eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is based on financial and non-financial eligibility requirements. Contact your local County Social Service Office for further information and to obtain an application. To help determine whether you may qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, use their benefits calculator. Do note, only by completing the application process, will you know with certainty whether you qualify.

For income, the table below shows the most you could get if you have no income. As your income goes up, the amount of benefits you will get may go down.

Household Size Amount
1 $192
2 $352
3 $504
4 $640
5 $760
6 $913
7 $1,009
8 $1,153
Each Additional Member $144

Before applying for North Dakota food stamps

You have the right to file an incomplete application as long as it contains the applicant's name, address and signature of either the applicant or the authorized representative. If you are eligible, your assistance will start from the date we receive your complete or incomplete application. However, if you provide more information, it will help them determine your eligibility more quickly.

When we get your application for SNAP, they will set up an interview with you. A face-to-face interview may be waived in favor of a telephone interview on a case-by-case basis determined by household hardship reasons. If you are eligible, you will get your benefits no later than 30 days from the date you submit your application. If you submit your application after normal business hours or on a weekend or holiday, your date of application will be the next business day.

You may get North Dakota SNAP benefits within 7 days of your application date if any of the following are true:

  • Your household’s monthly income before taxes is $150 or less or
  • You are a migrant or seasonal farm worker or
  • Your household's monthly rent/mortgage and utilities are more than your household's income before taxes

There is no limit to the length of time you can receive benefits for SNAP. If you are no longer receiving TANF benefits or if your case is closed for time limits, because you started working or for some other reason, you may still qualify for SNAP. You can have someone help you, if you wish. This person can fill out your application, answer questions for you, give information at your interview, and buy your food with an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. They will be able to share information with this person.

You will be asked to provide Social Security Numbers for all persons for whom you want assistance. If any of these persons do not have an SSN, they can help you apply for one. Providing or applying for an SSN is voluntary, however any person who wants assistance but who doesn't want to give information about their SSN will not be eligible for benefits. Other household members may still get benefits if they are otherwise eligible.

The social security number is used to check the identity of household members, to prevent duplicate participation, to monitor compliance with program regulations, for claim collection, for official examination by Federal or State agencies, and to help make mass changes. The social security number is also used to check information in our records against other Federal, State or local government computer matching systems participating in the Income and Eligibility Verification System, including but not limited to the Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration, Department of Labor and TANF, which may affect eligibility and the level of benefits. Use of social security numbers provided for SNAP may be disclosed to law enforcement for purposes of apprehending fleeing felons.

They will not share your SSN with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The collection of information on the application, including the SSN of each household member, is authorized under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 2011-2036. Information requested may also be used and verified through collateral contacts when discrepancies are found.

You will be asked to provide information about the SSN and citizenship or immigration status for all persons for whom you want to receive assistance. This information may be subject to verification by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), and information received from USCIS may affect the household's eligibility and level of benefits.

If any of these persons do not want to give information about their SSN, citizenship or immigration status, they will not be eligible for benefits. These persons must provide their financial information to determine eligibility for other household members. Other household members may still get benefits if they are otherwise eligible. They will not share alien or citizenship information about non-applicants with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

Apply for North Dakota food stamps

To apply for the North Dakota SNAP program you can complete and submit your application online by clicking here. The completed application will be directed to the appropriate county social service office. If you prefer to manually fill out an application and turn it in directly, in person, then you can download the form Application For Assistance and return it to your local county social security office. You can also request an application be mailed to you directly by contacting your local county social service office. If you still have questions or issues about the application process, please contact your county social service office or direct your questions to the department of  Economic Assistance Policy Division at 701-328-2328, toll free 800-755-2716. Relay ND TTY: 800-366-6888.