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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.
Partners gather at 2013 Food Access Summit to help feed hungry
The second annual Food Access Summit, August 13-15 in Duluth, Minn., will explore the challenges to food access, sustainable production, and public and private sector collaboration. Between 400-500 Minnesota leaders from areas including Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Second Harvest Heartland, the Nutritious Food Coalition and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will participate in this year’s three-day event. Participants will hear from featured speakers including Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon; Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson; Dr. Richardo J. Salvador, of the Union of Concerned Scientists; and Mark Winne, community food activist and writer. Panel discussions and workshops for attendees will focus strongly on the ever-evolving nutritional landscape of Minnesota and community roles in ending hunger within the state. More information is in a news release about the event.
DHS, Emergency Foodshelf Network collaborate to feed low-income Twin Cities communities
With a $15,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, 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.
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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