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:

  • • Identify barriers and means of increasing food access
  • • Provide guidance on ways to better serve Minnesotans in need of healthy food, particularly seniors
  • • Raise awareness about SNAP
  • • Educate people on eating nutritiously and cost effectively
  • • Increase participation in the SNAP program.

    The coaliation will measure the success of these efforts by an increase in participation among program-eligible Minnesotans.

    Statewide outreach includes:

  • • More than 20 agencies, which are Food and Nutrition Service grant recipients and are part of Minnesota’s formal state outreach plan.
  • • Recruitment of local partners to conduct outreach.
  • • Coordination among the Minnesota Department of Human Services and counties to provide the infrastructure for material updates, supplies, training and communications.
  • • Free nutrition education materials and classes (SNAP-Education) through the University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Chippewa Tribe to help SNAP participants make good purchasing choices and stretch their food dollars.
  • Get to know our coalition members! Past member profiles and information.

    What's new

    Fraud threat: SNAP hotline intercepted

    Members of the public are reporting that they continue to receive unsolicited calls from that appears to be the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) toll-free information hotline number: 800-221-5689. The callers are requesting personal information offering assistance for filling out a SNAP application or other non-SNAP services such as home security systems. Never provide personal information or your credit card number over the phone to unsolicited callers. This outside entity that has spoofed the SNAP toll-free information hotline number is not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service or SNAP. If you suspect that you are receiving illegitimate calls, you may file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission. If you have already fallen victim to this or a similar scam, visit the FTC consumer webpage for more into formation on identity theft. 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.


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