Free meal and food assistance programs are available in Ramsey County.

Abdi Isaaq
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RAMSEY COUNTY, MN - During pandemics, people are getting hard to get food resources because their budget is not enough. Many people lost their jobs, making their income decrease. They even cannot buy food for themselves. Ramsey County sees this situation start and acts by creating a free resources food program and food assistence programs to increase monthly food budgets. You can see it down below for the description.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP, generally food stamps, is a federal program that assists Minnesotans in obtaining the foods they require for healthful and well-balanced meals. Register as quickly as possible if you have experienced a reduction in income or a change in circumstances. If you are qualified, you'll get income support on an EBT card (similar to a credit card) that you may use at a variety of businesses, and farmers' markets, as well as online. You can apply for this program here.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

WIC participants received an eWIC EBT card (which works like a credit card) that enable them to buy healthy goods like milk, cheese, eggs, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Nutrition counseling, lactation assistance, and community referrals are all available through WIC. All WIC services are provided over the phone due to COVID.

If you meet the following of these guidelines, you can apply to this program:

1. Pregnant women

2. Have had a baby in the last 6 months.

3. Breastfeeding a baby less than 12 months old.

4. Families with children up to the age of five.

5. Meet income guidelines

If you have something to ask, you can call through this phone number:

(651) 266-1300

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