Nutritious Food Coalition

Joining forces to ensure Minnesotans in need get food

Who we are

The Nutritious Food Coalition is a public-private partnership working to raise awareness and increase participation in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and provide guidance on how to better serve 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, 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:

  • • Identifying barriers and means of increasing food access
  • • Providing guidance on ways to better serve Minnesotans in need of healthy food, particularly seniors
  • • Raising awareness about SNAP
  • • Educating people on eating nutritiously and cost effectively
  • • Increasing participation in the SNAP program.
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    The coalition will measure the success of these efforts by an increase in participation among program-eligible Minnesotans.

    Statewide outreach includes:

  • • Organizing more than 20 agencies, which are Food and Nutrition Service grant recipients and are part of Minnesota’s formal state outreach plan.
  • • Recruiting of local partners to conduct outreach.
  • • Coordinating among the Minnesota Department of Human Services and counties to provide the infrastructure for material updates, supplies, training and communications.
  • • Providing 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 through their profiles!

    What's new

    January is SNAP Education and Outreach Month

    Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed January as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education and Outreach Month, recognizing the need for available, healthy food for Minnesotans. DHS, in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, deliver SNAP-Ed programming that focuses on increasing fruit, vegetable, whole grain, and low-fat or nonfat calcium-rich food intakes; helping participants make wise food shopping and preparation choices; and increasing daily physical activity. More information on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can be found on the DHS website.

    More recent NFC news can be found on the news and events page.

    How we're doing

    The 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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