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Karla Alvarez

Are you struggling to put food on the table? These resources can help you

In these difficult times, many hard-working Minnesotans have trouble finding a job or sufficient financial income to support their families. Programs like SNAP and P-EBT, help CLUES to connect our community with resources that provide aid to keep families healthy.  

SNAP – Nutritional Assistance 

CLUES can help you or your family apply for financial assistance through SNAP (food stamps). SNAP is a federal program that provides funds to individuals and families in need to purchase food each month. Even if you are not a US Citizen, you may qualify if you have US-born children. 

To make an appointment for SNAP enrollment assistance, contact:

In the Twin Cities: Perla Montoya - 651-379-4270 -

In Austin: Martha Gonzalez - 507-722-1614 - 

How does it work? 

SNAP benefits come on an electronic benefits transfer card (EBT card). The EBT card works just like a debit card. It lets you buy food from most grocery stores and even some farmer’s markets. You cannot use an EBT card to buy non-food items or hot ready-to-eat food. Alcohol, tobacco, pet food, or medications are not allowed. Your income, expenses, and the number of people in your household determine your monthly benefit amount. 

What if I’m unemployed because of COVID-19? 

If you lost your job because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you should be eligible for SNAP if you meet the eligibility criteria. If you are receiving unemployment benefits, that income counts toward the income eligibility limit. Since unemployment benefits are about half of what you normally earned, many Minnesotans would normally find themselves under the income limit for SNAP while they are unemployed. 

The additional weekly $600 in unemployment payments from the federal CARES Act counts as income. Households receiving this benefit are only eligible for SNAP if their total income is less than the income limit listed above. 

How I can apply?  

CLUES can help you apply for SNAP!  Our bilingual staff makes the process easy for you and your family.  

  • CLUES AUSTIN 111 Main St. N Austin, MN, 55912 Tel: 507-722-1614  
  • CLUES SAINT PAUL 797 East 7th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106 Tel: 651-379-4270 

Join the SNAP program!

P-EBT for 2021-2022 

The USDA has approved Minnesota’s P-EBT plan for school-aged children for the 2021 – 2022 school year. There have been some changes for this school year, so if you have any questions about your case, contact the P-EBT hotline at 651-431-4608 or 800-657-3698, or fill out the P-EBT help form here: The P-EBT hotline is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

For the latest information, check the DHS P-EBT webpage

Who is eligible for P-EBT benefits? 

For the 2021 – 2022 school year, students will be eligible for P-EBT benefits if: 

  • The school they attend participates in the National School Lunch Program or the Seamless Summer Option; and 
  • The student has applied for and is eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. 

AND one or both of the following: 

  • Their school closed or shifted to remote learning or has reduced hours of attendance for five consecutive days to a COVID-19 impact. 
  • Their parents tell the school they are keeping their child at home because of COVID-19, and the school accepts the absence as COVID-19 related. 


There are two ways an absence can be because of a COVID-19 impact: 

  • Any absence where the school tells students to stay home for a COVID-19 related reason. 
  • This would include a school-ordered quarantine of a student, a group of students, a classroom, or an entire school. 
  • Any Absences reported by the parent that school officials accept as COVID-19 related and enter the state’s P-EBT Portal. 

If I am eligible, when will I receive benefits? 

The first round of benefits was issued in late December to a small number of families whose children attend schools where the entire school closed or shifted to remote learning for at least five consecutive days in September, October, or November. 

Future rounds of P-EBT benefits will include families whose children have to stay home because of quarantine for individual students, groups of students, or entire classrooms. The first round of these payments should be issued onto P-EBT cards in February. 

How much will I get? 

You will receive $7.10 per day for each school day missed due to a COVID-19 Impact. 

Will I get a new P-EBT card? 

Benefits will be added to your existing card from the previous school year for most families. Newly eligible students will receive new cards in the mail. 

What if I lost my card? 

To order a new card, you will need to call EBT Customer Service at 888-997-2227. When it asks for your card number, press 2 to speak to a representative. 

How I can apply?  

If you have any questions about your case, contact the P-EBT hotline at 651-431-4608 or 800-657-3698, or fill out the P-EBT help form here: The P-EBT hotline is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

For the latest information, check the DHS P-EBT webpage

Check the flyer to see if your child is eligible for the benefits.

Canasta Familiar – Free Food Distribution 

Canasta Familiar is a free food distribution program held every Monday at CLUES St. Paul and every Wednesday at CLUES Minneapolis offices. 

Each week, Canasta Familiar receives donations that include fresh produce (fruits and vegetables), meat, and other non-perishable items. Foods vary according to availability. 

Families can choose their food and select the items that are most appropriate for their home. There is a limit of one basket per family. Read the full program guidelines here. 

  • Mondays, 3-6 pm 
    CLUES St. Paul 
    797 East 7th St., St. Paul MN 55106 
  • Wednesdays, 2-5 pm 
    CLUES Minneapolis 
    CareerForce Center 
    777 East Lake Street. Minneapolis, MN 55407
  • Every 4th Friday of each month, 2- 5pm
    CLUES Austin
    Temporary location: El Parral Ballroom
    210 4th St. NE Austin, MN 55912

For information on Canasta Familiar, contact: 

Janelle Calvo-Nieto 

Karla Alvarez

Monday-Friday: 8:30am - 5pm
Saturday-Sunday: Closed 

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797 East 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55106

Tel.: 651-379-4200
Fax: 651-292-0347


CareerForce Center
777 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Tel.: 612-746-3500
Fax: 651-292-0347


2600 E 25th St Minneapolis, MN 55406
Tel.: 612-404-2600
Intake Tel.: 612-439-9671


324 3rd Street SW #2
Willmar, MN 56201

Tel.: 320-262-5106


111 Main St. N
Austin, MN, 55912

Tel.: 507-355-2575

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