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Nutritious Food Coalition
Joining forces to ensure Minnesotans in need get food
Who we are
The Nutritious Food Coalition is a public-private partnership to raise awareness and increase participation in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and provide guidance on means of better serving Minnesotans in need of healthy food. The coalition is comprised of more than 50 experts from a range of organizations.
The coalition meets quarterly to address food access issues, increase participation in SNAP, identify barriers and areas for expansion, and develop a coordinated outreach effort to ensure all Minnesotans who are eligible for the program have an opportunity to apply for it.
Coalition goals include:
The coalition will measure the success of these efforts by an increase in participation among program-eligible Minnesotans.
Statewide outreach includes:
Coalition member profile
Get to know our coalition members! Past member profiles and information.
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.
Unemployed and underemployed Minnesotans have a little more help purchasing healthy food
The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended its timeline to allow able-bodied adults without dependents an exemption from work provisions until the end of the federal fiscal year, September 2013, enabling them to access food through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The waiver was first made available to states in January 2009. Minnesota is one of 46 qualifying states or geographic areas receiving the waiver now. Able-bodied Minnesotans are encouraged to voluntarily use SNAP employment and training services until they can find sustainable work.
More information on SNAP is available on the DHS website.
SNAP applicants and recipients warned about scams
Applicants for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) should be aware there is never a fee for applying for benefits, and to be on the lookout for online ads or suspicious emails falsely offering help filling out applications. The goal of such scams is to collect personal information from potential SNAP recipients, including credit card information. The federal agency that manages SNAP reports that there have recently been scams in which applicants are asked to provide cell phone numbers and are then automatically enrolled into an expensive service without warning. A “scam alert” provides regular updates about these illegal schemes and how to get assistance if an applicant has already fallen victim.
More recent NFC news can be found on the Recent news and happens page.
How we're doing
An electronic "Dashboard" helps Minnesotans know what they are getting from the programs they pay for, including the use of SNAP by eligible seniors.
How to get help
Help is available through the Minnesota Food Helpline at 1-888-711-1151.
A fact sheet, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps people with low incomes buy food (PDF), is available on the DHS website.
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