Martin County Center: (507) 238-4757
Faribault County Center: (507) 526-3265
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Martin County Center: (507) 238-4757
Faribault County Center: (507) 526-3265

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Financial Assistance Overview

Minnesota’s income assistance programs help individuals and families with low income move to financial stability.  Families may qualify for multiple programs including food, cash programs, child care, health care and other basic needs.  Each program has eligibility requirements and all program participants’ situations are different. 

If you or someone you know need financial help, you can call one of our office locations during normal business hours and discuss your situation with a worker, or you can apply one of these ways:


Fraud Enforcement

The fraud investigation unit, investigates allegations or intentional withholding, concealing or misrepresenting information which affects financial grant eligibility or amount of payments. If fraud is being suspected, call the Faribault County Sheriff’s office and speak with the Fraud Investigator at 507-526-5148 or call the Fraud Hotline: 1-800-627-9977.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer

What is Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)?

P-EBT is a temporay food benefit available for Minnesota families with children who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open.  During the 2019-2020 school year and the following summer, eligible families received up to $425 per child to help feed their children while many schools and sumnmer meal prgrams were closed.  Congress has authorized the P-EBT program for the 2020-2021 school year.

How can I prepare for 2020-2021 P-EBT?

There will not be an application processs for 2020-2021 P-EBT benefits; eligible families will be issued benefits automatically.  To receive your benefits, your child must be enrolled in SNAP, the Minnesota Family Investment Program, or free or reduced-price school meals.  Benefit amounts will be based on the time periods in which your child attended school through distance or hybrid-learning model.  Your family's elgibility for the 2020-2021 P-EBT program may be different from your eligibility for the 2019-2020 P-EBT program.  While we wait for USDA approval, there are steps you can take to ensure that the P-EBT process is as smooth as possible for your family.

  • Make sure your school has your current address and contact information.
  • If your child does not receive MFIP or SNAP and is not enrolled in free or reduced-price meals, but you think they may qualify for free or reduced-price meals, submit an Application for Educational Benefits through your child's school as soon as possible.  If you have questions, contact your child's school.
Martin County Center

115 West 1st Street
Fairmont, Minnesota 56031

Telephone: (507) 238-4757

Fax: (507) 238-1574

Faribault County Center

412 North Nicollet
PO Box 217
Blue Earth, Minnesota 56013

Fax: (507) 526-2039

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