If you’re receiving Minnesota food stamps benefits, you could qualify for other helpful programs as well (including cheap Internet service)! Check out our list of MN EBT benefits below.
7 Things You Need to Know
I’ve been researching and updating this article for years now. During those years, I’ve identified several things that people don’t know or don’t understand about their benefits.
- Apply for Minnesota EBT online on the government website. This is the fastest and easiest way to apply for food benefits.
- You can buy fruit trees and plants. It’s true! You can buy produce-bearing plants, seeds and fruit trees with EBT. In fact, there are several interesting things you can buy. Here’s the full list.
- Shop smart. You may be able to get more food for your money at farmer’s markets and You-Pick Strawberry Fields!
- You may be eligible for more. Most people don’t get enough food stamps to actually eat… and many people are eligible for more than they get. The algorithm is confusing, but here’s what we know about getting more food stamps.
- You may be able to get cash back from your food stamps card legally by using rewarded shopping apps. One of our readers earned an additional $437.84 in cash just by shopping with her food stamps card!
- You can shop at bulk stories, farmer’s markets and more! If you’ve got food stamps in MN, you may be able to shop with your food stamps a Costco, Schwans, and other unusual retailers. We’ll show you where!
- You can use your MN EBT card in other states! Not only can you shop in other states, you may be able to get EBT discounts there as well! All of our state lists use green titles to depict museums that provide discounts with out-of-state EBT cards.
Minnesota’s Market Bucks Program
If you have a SNAP or EBT card in Minnesota, you can participate in their Market Bucks program, which is designed to help families make healthier food choices for an affordable price. They will match, dollar for dollar (up to $10 per day) what you spend on fresh fruits and vegetables.
Like the Double Up Food Bucks programs you might see in other states, the Market Bucks program is mostly implemented in farmers and mobile markets, but MN also provides this program at churches and community centers that have farms that participate in the program as well.
The process of using your SNAP or EBT is really easy. Here are 4 tips to get you started:
- When you get to the farmers market, go to the Information Booth.
- Swipe your EBT card for the amount that you want to spend. They will match up to $10 of your purchase.
- You can get $10 in free Market Bucks and $10 free in Produce Market Bucks.
- You can spend up $30 for eligible food and produce at the farmer’s market.
One thing to note about this program is that not all locations are in the program, so it is important to find the location that is near you. Below, we have provided a list of all the current Minnesota market locations participating in the Market Bucks program.
Market Bucks Locations of 2022:
- Aitkin Farmers Market
- 301 Ninnesota Ave N, Aitkin, MN 56431.
- Albert Lea Farmers Market
- N. Broadway, MN 56007.
- Aldrich Arena
- 1850 White Bear Ave. Maplewood, MN
- Alexandria Farmers Market
- 200 Broadway Street, Alexandria MN 56308.
- 13655 Round Lake Blvd. Andover, MN
- Annandale Farmers Markets
- 30 Cedar Ct., Annandale, MN 55302.
- Anoka Farmers Market
- 707 89th Avenue NE, Blaine, MN 55434.
- Apple Valley
- 7100 West 147th St, Apple Vally, MN
- Audubon Farmers Market
- 29th Ave and Johnson Street, Minneapolis, MN 55418.
- Bagley Farmers Area Market
- Great Northern Railroad DR SW, Bagley, MN 56621.
- Bemidji Area Farmers Market
- 200 Paul Bunyan Drive South, Bemidji, MN 56601.
- Big Lake Farmers Market
- 101 Lakeshore Drive, Big Lake, MN 55309.
- Bloomington Farmers Market
- 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN 55431.
- Brooklyn Park Farmers Market
- 5600 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443.
- 3333 Cliff Road, Burnsville, MN
- 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy., Burnsville, MN
- Cambridge Farmer’s Market
- 122 Buchanan St. N., Cambridge, MN 55008.
- Canby Farmers Market
- Central Park, Canby, MN 56220.
- Cannon Valley Farmers’ Market
- Rice County Fairgrounds, Faribault, MN 55021.
- Carlton Country Farmers’ Market:
- McFarland Park, Hwy 23 and Grand St. Carlton, MN 55718.
- 904 Hwy 33 S. Cloquet, MN 55720.
- Central Hillside Farmers Market
- 503 E 3rd Street, Duluth, MN 55805.
- City of Elk River
- 716 Main Street, Elk River, MN 55330.
- Cook Area Farmers Market
- S River St., Cook, MN 55723.
- Community Mobile Market
- Mobile Market with Serveral Locations, Duluth, MN 55806.
- Community Market of Litchfield
- Central Park 4th Street, Litchfield, MN 55355.
- Crookston Farmers Market
- 107 E 4th Street, Crookston MN 56716.
- Crystal Farmers Market
- 5530 Douglas Drive N, Crystal MN 55429
- Cuyuna Range Farmers Market
- 2 West Main Street, Crosby, MN 56441.
- Duluth Farmers Market
- 1343 E 3rd Street, Duluth, MN 55707.
- Eagan Market Fast
- 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan MN 55122.
- East Isles Farmers Market
- 1420 The Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55408.
- Eyota Farmers Market
- 303 5th St. SW, Eyota, MN 55934.
- Farmers Market Place LLC
- 3rd Ave NE & Main St. Austin, MN 55912.
- Finland Farmers Market
- 6866 Cramer Road, Finland MN 55603.
- Four Sisters Farmers Market
- 1414 E. Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404.
- Fulton Farmers Market
- 4901 Chowen Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55410.
- Goodview Farmers Market
- 4540 Service Drive, Goodview, MN 55987.
- Grand Rapids Farmers’ Market
- 11 Golf Course Road, Grand Rapids MN 55744.
- Hibbing Farmers Market
- 1309 E 40th St. MN 55746.
- Hopkins Farmers Market
- 16 9th Avenue South, Lot #300, Hopkins, MN 55343.
- House of Hope Presbyterian Church
- 797 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105.
- Hutchinson Farmers Market
- 22 Adams Street, Hutchinson, MN 55350.
- Indigenous Art & Food Market
- 12 E 4th Street, Duluth, MN 55805.
- Inver Grove Heights
- 8055 Barbara Ave., Inver Grove Heights, MN
- Kingfield Farmers Market
- 4055 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409.
- La Crescent Farmer’s Market
- 595 Veterans Parkway, La Crescent, MN 55947.
- Lake City Market by the Lake
- 100 Park Street, Lake City, MN 55041.
- Lakes Area Farmers Market
- 1310 Phinney Ave, Detroit Lakes, MN 56502.
- 20800 Holyoke Ave, Lakeville, MN
- Lincoln Park Farmers Market
- 3002 W 3rd Street, Duluth, MN 55806.
- Little Canada Farmers Market
- 2920 Rice Street, Little Canada, MN 55113.
- Luverne Farmer’s Market
- 209 South Redbird Road, Luverne MN 56156.
- Mankato Farmers’ Market
- 1895 Adams Street, Mankato, MN 56001.
- Maple Grove Farmers Market
- 12951 Weaver Lake Rd. Maple Grove, MN 55369.
- Market in the Valley
- 7800 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55427.
- Marshall Farmers’ Market
- 200 S. A Street, Marshall, MN 56258.
- Midtown Farmers Market
- 2225 E. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407.
- Mill City Farmers Market
- 750 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis, MN 55401.
- Minnetonka Farmers Market
- 14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345.
- Minneapolis Farmers Market
- 312 E. Lyndale Ave North, Minneapolis, MN 55405.
- Minnesota Fresh Farm
- 20241 Hwy 65 NE, East Bethel, MN 55011.
- Monticello Farmers Market
- 200 W. 6th St. Monticello, MN 55362.
- Moorhead Farmers Market
- Hjemkomst Center Parking Lot 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead MN 56560.
- Morris Area Farmers Market
- 102 East 6th Street, Morris, MN 56381
- New Hope Community Farmers Market
- 4401 Xylon Ave N., New Hope, MN 55428.
- New Life
- 5900 167th Ave NW, Ramsey, MN 55330.
- Nicollet Mall Farmers Market
- Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55405.
- Nokomis Farmers Market Pop Up
- 1567 Chicago Avem Minneapolis, MN 55417.
- Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market
- 629 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413.
- Ode’imini Giizis Farmers Market
- Corner of Nett Lake Road and Westley Drive, Nett Lake, MN 55772.
- Organizing For Ward 1 & Other Communities
- 1685 Rice St. Rear Parking Lot, Saint Paul, MN 55104.
- Park Rapids Farmers’ Market
- 910 1st Street East, Park Rapids, MN 56470.
- Pipestone Farmers Market
- 207 E. Main St., MN 56164.
- Plymouth Farmers Market
- 15500 Country Road 6, Plymouth, MN 55447
- Red Wing Farmers Market
- 433 Levee Street, Red Wing, MN 55066.
- Richfield Farmers Market
- 6335 Portland Ave, Richfield, MN 55423.
- Rochester Farmers Market
- 35 Fairgrounds Avenue SE, Rochester, MN 55904.
- 13885 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN
- 2131 Fairview Ave. N., Roseville, MN
- Saint Paul Farmers’ Market
- 290 5th St. E, St Paul, MN 55101.
- 4800 West 123rd St., Savage MN
- Signal Hills
- 1225 S. Robert St., St. Paul, MN
- South St. Paul
- 12th Ave. & Southview, South St. Paul, MN
- St. Cloud Area Farmers Market
- 151 6th Avenue South Lady Slipper Parking Lot, St. Cloud, MN 56301.
- St. Cloud Harvest Market
- 3360 Southway Drive, St. Cloud, MN 56301.
- St. Joseph Farmers Market
- 610 N County Road 2, St. Joseph, MN 56374.
- St. Luke’sFarmers’ Market
- 1807 Field Ave. St. Paul, MN 55116.
- Staple Area Farmers Market
- 49725 County 83, Staples, MN 56479.
- Steven Suare Farmers Market
- 2000 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403.
- The Little Market That Cloud Farmers Market
- 16907 State Highway 13, Prior Lake, MN 55372.
- Tower Farmers Market
- Train Deport Parking Lot, Tower, MN 55790.
- Two Harbors Farmers Market
- 320 7th Avenue, Two Harbors, MN 55616.
- Virginia Market Square
- 111 S 9th Ave West, Virginia, MN 55792.
- Wabasha Downtown Farmers Market
- 142 2nd Street West, Wabasha, MN 55981.
- Wadena Farmers Market
- 418 North Jefferson Street, Wadena, MN 56482.
- Walker Community Farmers Market
- 617 Michigan Avenue West, Walker, MN 56484.
- West Broadway Farmers Market
- 2027 West Broadway Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
- White Earth Community Farmer’s Market
- Main Street, Mahnomen, MN 56591.
- Winona Farmers Market
- Levee Park, Main and 2nd Streets, Winona, MN 55987.
- 8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury MN.
- Worthington Farmers Market
- 1131 Oxford Street, Worthington, MN 56187.
Got MN EBT? Get Incredible Discounts!
Regardless of where you live in Minnesota, you should be able to take advantage of these incredible discounts.
Amazon offers discounted Amazon Prime memberships for customers who receive EBT or Medicaid benefits! Claim your discount now!
You may be eligible for much cheaper Internet service. We’ve helped thousands of people save money on their Internet bills! Providers like Comcast and AT&T offer significant discounts on their internet service. We’ve found almost a dozen Internet services that are $20 or less per month, and one that starts at just $5/month!
Cell Phones. There are many providers that offer free smartphones and free monthly cell phone coverage to low income customers across the United States. Choose the best provider from our list!
Computers. There are many agencies that offer free or low cost computers to low income households. If you need one, here’s what you need to know.
YMCA locations and other community centers often offer low income discounts. Contact your local center today and ask about their low income scholarships and memberships!
If you qualify for EBT, you may also qualify for these incredible programs!
- Homebuyer assistance programs
- Legal aid
- Property tax exemptions
- Student loan assistance ($0 per month payments!)
- Summer meals (free for kids ages 18 and under!)
- Tax filing assistance
- Utility assistance(help paying electric bills, free weatherization assistance and more!)
- Pet care assistance (veterinary care grants, free pet food, free boarding and more!)
Get free admission with EBT Cards in Minnesota!
Many museums and venues offer discounts for low income families. If you have an MN EBT card, you could get free or discounted admission to some really incredible places!
Some venues accept out-of-state EBT cards. We’ve used green titles so you can easily identify which museums accept out-of-state EBT cards!
You cannot pay for admission with EBT. It is important to realize that you cannot pay for admission with your EBT card. You will show the EBT card to receive the discount but you will need to pay the remaining admission price, if any, in cash or with a credit/debit card.
Around the State
Minnesota Historical Society (26 sites) – $4 for adults
This discount is so sweet that I had to call the Minnesota Historical Society to confirm that I was understanding it correctly… but it’s true! If you qualify (see the terms here), you can visit any or all of the 16 historical sites operated by MHS for just $4 per adult (minors under 18 are free).
Their locations include:
- Alexander Ramsey House
- Birch Coulee Battlefield
- Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site
- Cornstock House
- Folsom House
- Forest History Center
- Fort Ridgely
- Harkin Store
- Historic Forestville
- Historic Fort Snelling
- James J Hill House
- Jeffers Petroglyphs
- Lac qui Parle Mission
- Lower Sioux Agency
- Marine Mill
- Mill City Museum
- Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post
- Minnehaha Depot
- Minnesota History Center & Gale Family Library
- Minnesota State Capital
- North West Company Fur Post
- Oliver Kelley Farm
- Sibley Historic Site
- Split Rock Lighthouse
- Traverse des Sioux
- WW Mayo House
Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library & Village – $3 or less per person
Explore history in a magnificent way at the Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library and Village. The museum has a changing gallery of exhibits, the village includes an array of historic buildings and more.
Minnesota Zoo – FREE
If you have a Minnesota EBT card, you can receive FREE admission through the Zoo Access Program called Free to Explore! This discount is valid for the eligible individual and all of their dependents.
In order to claim your free tickets, you must fill out a reservation form at least one week in advance of your visit. You must also purchase a parking pass.
When you arrive, you will need to provide proof of eligibility and proof of address. Proof can include an MN EBT card, MN MHCP card, WIC card or MN HeadStart Acceptance Letter.
Beltrami County Historical Society – $3 or less per person
The Beltrami County History Society showcases the history of the land, the people and their stories. It is not immediately clear on their website what the admission rate is, but we know they must charge $3 or less per person as a Museums for All member.
Headwaters Science Center – $3 or less per person*
This hidden gem in Northern Minnesota provides hands-on science and technology exhibits and programming for Minnesota residents of all ages. Check out their Pint-Sized Science program, Science Club and browse their exhibits!
*As a Museums for All partner, this location charges $3 or less per person. I’m still awaiting a reply with exact admission details.
Works Museum – $4.50 per person/$25 per family per YEAR
“Dreams need doing, and exploring engineering gives a child the power to make stuff, break stuff, and make it better!”
The Works Museum offers a Gateway Program that provides discounts to low income families. To be eligible, you need to receive MN EBT or benefits from another qualifying program. Once you prove that you qualify, you can choose to pay $4.50 per person for daily admission or purchase a $25 family membership that will give your family free admission for an entire year!
Duluth Children’s Museum – $3 admission
Learn through play at the Duluth Children’s Museum! That’s why they feature so many fun interactive STEM exhibits! Caregivers are encouraged to play with their children. The museum website says, “Museum time is family time.”
Duluth Children’s Museum is Minnesota’s first and only Museums for All partner. As a result, you can use an EBT card from ANY state to receive discounted admission of just $3 for up to 4 people!
Glensheen Mansion – $3 per person
Explore Glensheen Mansion and all 12 acres of the picturesque lakeside estate for a steep discount! Instead of the usual $20 per person, guests with EBT cards can enjoy the self-guided tour for just $3 per person!
Great Lakes Aquarium – Multiple Discounts
The Great Lakes Aquarium offers discounted admission rates for low income households! Present your current MN EBT card or Medical Assistance card, along with a valid ID. All children and adults in your party will be admitted under teh same discounted rate.
The rate is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Children 2 and under are always free. You can also get 50% off their membership rates!
Stages Theatre Company – Free or Low-Cost
Low income families can receive free or low-cost tickets, bus subsidies and tuition assistance through the Stages Theatre Company’s Open Door Program. You can also visit up to three pay-what-you-can performances each year!
Blue Earth County Historical Society – $3 or less per person
Explore local history at a discount!
American Swedish Institute – FREE
The American Swedish Institute is a place for all people to share experiences around the culture, migration, environment and arts of Sweden.
They offer free admission for people who are involved in:
- MFIP (MN Family Investment Program)
- SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka Food Stamps)
- MFAP (MN Food Assistance Program)
- WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
- MN Headstart
- General Assistance
- Medical Assistance
- Supplemental Security Income
- Social Security Disability Income
- RCA (Refugee Cash Assistance)
- Section 8
- Free/Reduced Price Student Meals
Bakken Museum – $1 admission
The Bakken Museum offers their limited income discount to more than just food stamps users! You can qualify if you receive TANF, MFIP, WIC, General Assistance, Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, SSI, Social Security Disability Benefits, SNAP, Section 8, or Free/Reduced Price School Meals.
You will need to provide proof of participation in one of those programs in order to receive the discount.
Children’s Theatre Company – $5 tickets
Each season, the Children’s Theater Company provides financial assistance to over 1,000 low income families who would not otherwise be able to attend their performances, classes and camps. Their program, known as the ACT Pass, provides up to six tickets per household at $5 each. Once your application for the ACT Pass program is approved, it lasts for two years. Visit the Children’s Theatre Company website for more information and an online application.
The ACT Pass program also provides Theatre Arts Training scholarships of up to 80% off tuition.
Guthrie Theater – $5 tickets
The Guthrie Theater offers Gateway Tickets for low income patrons. These tickets cost just $5 each and are available to adults (age 18+) who are enrolled in MN EBT, TANF, WIC, Section 8, SSDI, SSI or other government benefits programs. Up to four tickets may be purchased for select performances.
Museum of Russian Art – FREE
The Museum for Russian Art provides free admission to anyone who receives TANF, MFIP, SNAP/EBT, WIC, MFAP, MN Head Start, General Assistance, Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Benefits, Food Stamps, RCA / Refugee Cash Assistance, Section 8 or Free/Reduced Price School Meals.
Transit Assistance Program – $1 Transit
The Transit Assistance Program helps low-income residents of Minneapolis and the surrounding area. Through this program, you will pay just $1 for transit fare for the rest of the year! You can qualify by bringing your MN EBT card or one of these other documents to the SouthWest Transit Station or MetroTransit Service Center.
Walker Art Center – $2 each
The Walker Art Center focuses on sharing the creative expression of artists. They include visual, performing and media arts. Through the Museums for All program, the Walker Art Center is offering discounted admission for just $2 per person with a MN EBT card. Children under 18 are free.
Three Rivers Park District – FREE
The Three Rivers Park District offers Recreation Pass Plus cards to low income households in Hennepin or Scott counties. This pass provides free equipment rentals, discounts on programs and free recreation passes! Apply for the pass online.
You qualify for this card if you live in either Hennepin County or Scott county AND you are enrolled in one of the following programs;
- DWP (Diversionary Work Program)
- EBT (Food Stamps)
- EMA (Emergency Medical Assistance)
- Free and Reduced School Lunch Program
- GA (General Assistance)
- HCEAP (Hennepin County Emergency Assistance Program)
- MA (Medical Assistance or Minnesota Care)
- MFIP (Minnesota Family Investment Act)
- MSA (Minnesota Supplemental Aid)
- RCA (Refuge Cash Assistance)
- WIC (Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children)
History Center of Olmsted County – FREE
The History Center of Olmsted County offers free admission for up to four people per EBT card.
Rochester Art Center – $5 per person
The Rochester Art Center features a variety of contemporary art exhibitions by artists from the local, regional and national area. As a Museums for All member, this location offers an EBT discount.
SPARK Children’s Museum of Rochester – $5 per person
“Playtime is the rocket fuel of development.” Interact with the exhibits, ask questions and let your imagination run wild. Families who meet the Museums for All requirements can attend SPARK for $5 per person.
Bell Museum – FREE & Discounts
The Bell Museum at University of Minnesota offers several discounts for low income households. They offer free Explore passes for qualifying guests, as well as discounted planetarium shows ($4 for adults, $3 for children).
Curiosity memberships are also available for eligible low income households. These memberships are $15 per year. During the year, you’ll get unlimited admission to the museum and discounted $2 planetarium tickets. In order to be eligible, you must at least 18 years old and enrolled in one of these programs:
- MN EBT
- Free/Reduced Price Student Meals
- GA (General Assistance)
- MA (Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare)
- Section 8
Minnesota Children’s Museum – $3 each or $39 memberships
MCM offers two distinct discounts for low income guests. First, the All Play Tickets allow low income families to purchase up to six tickets for just $3 each.
Alternatively, local low income families may qualify for a $39 per year All Play Scholarship Membership. This membership provides unlimited admission for a year, plus one free flex guest per visit and a 10% discount at the café and store.
Science Museum of Minnesota – $3 per person
Low income guests can receive discounted admission to the Science Museum of Minnesota through their Great Tix program! These tickets cost $3 for museum admission and $3 for Omnitheater admission. Visitors have the option to select the GreatTix price on the drop-down menu when booking tickets on the website, or call 651-221-9444 to make a reservation at the GreatTix price.
This program isn’t limited to people who are receiving MN EBT. In fact, the Science Museum is very generous. You can receive these lower rates if you can prove that you receive:
- Free/Reduced Price Student Meals
- GA (General Assistance)
- MA (Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare)
- Section 8
Please bring your EBT card or verification paperwork and valid Minnesota photo ID to receive these discounted admission rates.
Nicolett County Historical Society – FREE
The Nicolett County Historical Society operates many different venues that celebrate the rich history of this region, including the E St. Julien Cox House, the Traverse Des Sioux and the Treaty Site History Center. With an EBT card, you can bring up to three additional guests to visit these sites for free.
Wednesday 16th of May 2018
Amazing Thanks so much, being a mother of 8 , it get expensive however we will enjoy these programs this summer Many Blessings for making this
Friday 1st of June 2018
Aw, thanks, Michelle! I'm so glad this information was helpful to you! :)
Tuesday 17th of April 2018
I'm not on food stamps but I'm disabled and get assistance how do I get free stuff?I'm in Minnesota
Friday 20th of April 2018
Hi, Carolyn! We are constantly researching and adding new programs. Here's everything we know about that is specific to Minnesota and here are all the programs I know of that serve people nationwide. I hope that helps! :)
Monday 14th of August 2017
Thank you Nicole! What a blessing to all the low-income households, especially with children, that they can enjoy learning and discovering new information together as a family! It's a beautiful thing!! Thanks for all your hard investigative work and for sharing! Bless you honey
Monday 14th of August 2017
You're so welcome, Kristi! Aren't these programs the best?! <3 Blessings to you, too! =D