As of July 1, 2011, the government of the state of Minnesota has been forced to go into a shutdown due to a disagreement about the states’ budget and where the funds should be designated. As of now the shutdown is not affecting any of the federally funded programs such as food stamps, Medicaid and Temporary Assistance to Need Families or TANF. The shutdown isn’t affecting other services like prisons, nursing homes, treatment centers, and of course public safety and health offices. It is still possible for residents to apply for food stamps quickly and easily and can even apply for emergency assistance if needed. There are special steps that needs to be taken in order to get the proper assistance. Applying for food stamps can be done in a variety of ways including by giving them a phone call through their specialized phone number 1-800-657-3698 or by visiting the local county government office. The eligibility requirements are very strict and all of the paperwork and proof must be filled out correctly before a resident is approved. There are special assistance programs for those over 60, which requires an entirely different set of documents. All of the documents can be found on the offical Minnesota government website. It is very easy to print out all of the necessary documents from this website, fill them out and then turn them in to the appropriate government agencies. Food support or food stamp benefits are still being giving to all of those residents who currently qualify and they are still accepting new applicants. It may take a few days before an appointment is set for you to review over your application and your documents since they are still actively busy. Once the proper forms have been submitted, a case worker will then review them and send a letter or call to set up the application review appointment. At this appointment it will be determined how much each applicant has qualified for as well as instructions on how to properly use the food support and where it is able to be used. Only certain foods and beverages are able to be purchased using the food support program. All Minnesota residents are relieved knowing that, as of now, the food stamps program is not being affected by the government shutdown.
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July 14, 2011 By Leave a Comment