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SNAP changes bring adjustments to benefit levels
A small cost-of-living adjustment on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits became effective Oct. 1, 2013, that may affect some SNAP recipients who are not already at the maximum benefit level for their household size. Beginning Nov. 1, some recipients may see a decrease in their benefits. Help is available for SNAP recipients affected by the benefit decrease due to the end of extra benefits provided during the recession. More information is in a news release on the changes and help available for SNAP recipients.
DHS, foodshelf network collaborate to feed low-income communities
With a $15,000 grant from DHS, using U.S. Department of Agriculture bonus funds, the Emergency Foodshelf Network plans to increase the number of low-income sites it reaches, add fresh produce and milk products in foodshelf packages, print and distribute Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and nutrition education materials, and support staff involved in SNAP community outreach in Ramsey and Hennepin counties. The network’s Mobile Foodshelf distributes 750 pounds of food per month as well as resources and referrals to 17 low-income housing complexes. More information is in a news release about Emergency Foodshelf Network’s Mobile Foodshelf outreach.
Simplified application launched for seniors to access healthy food
To increase seniors’ access to nutritious foods, the Minnesota Department of Human Services announced the launch of a new one-page application for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for Minnesotans age 60 and older.
ApplyMN online application simplifies process
Minnesotans in need of health care, nutrition assistance, child care assistance and emergency assistance can apply online through ApplyMN, applymn.dhs.mn.gov. This site allows Minnesotans to fill out a single application online for a majority of public assistance programs.
Report offers recommendations on serving teen parents on MFIP
A report features different ways counties serve teen parents and their children who participate in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). MFIP provides low-income families with cash and food assistance for up to 60 months while they progress toward self-sufficiency. DHS interviewed financial workers, employment counselors, social workers, public health nurses, child care workers and teachers who work with teens as well as managers. The Four Rs of Service Delivery for MFIP Teen Parents: Approaches of Eight Minnesota Counties (PDF) concludes with recommendations for serving teen parents.
Self-sufficiency and health care statistics report is online
The Family Self Sufficiency and Health Care Program Statistics available through October 2013 (PDF) report is available online. The report, compiled by the Reports and Forecasts Division, includes caseload numbers and expenditures for cash, emergency and food assistance programs and health care programs.
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