Welcome to Bridge to Benefits
NOTE: This screening tool does not determine eligibility. It is only a guideline. After using this screening tool, you must apply to each program to be sure your are eligible.
Farmers markets across the state now accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (EBT cards). As an added bonus, the Market Bucks program provide a a $5 extra bonus for SNAP customers shopping at farmers markets. Read more and find a famers market that accepts SNAP benefits.
The Summer Food Service Program provides free meals to children 18 and under at various locations throughout the summer. Find a location near you.
As of June 1, 2014, Energy Assistance Program applications are no longer being accepted. The program will begin accepting applications again October 1, 2014.
Open enrollment for private insurance has ended. However, you can apply and enroll in Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare throughout the year. You also can enroll in private insurance if you have a qualifying life event such as marriage, birth of a child or loss of qualifying health coverage. Read more about the enrollment deadline, how you will be eligible if you made an attempt to enroll and the penalty for going without insurance.
The Bridge to Benefits (B2B) website will be updated on Jan. 1, 2014 to include information on and screening for health care programs under the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota put together a Question & Answer on what you need to know about the Affordable Care Act and how you may benefit from full implementation of the law. Learn more.
Effective Oct. 1, 2013 able-bodied adults without dependents will no longer be exempt from SNAP Employment & Training Requirements. Benefit amounts will also be adjusted on Oct. 1 and again on Nov. 1. Find out more.
Comcast and CenturyLink now offer low-cost internet services plan for $9.95 plus tax per month for qualifying low-income families.