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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
USDA dispels incorrect SNAP information
The US Department of Agriculture recently released an updated fact sheet (PDF) on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and use. The fact sheet addresses many popular misconceptions about SNAP benefits, including inappropriate use in casinos and on ships.
SNAP participants can stretch dollars further at farmers markets
For the fourth consecutive year, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants can stretch their dollars further with a special incentive from Blue Cross Blue Shield that matches Electronic Benefit Transfer card purchases with up to an additional $5 in Market Bucks each market day. Market Bucks can be used during the same trip or anytime during the 2013 farmers market season on SNAP-eligible purchases.
This is part of an ongoing effort by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and its partners in the Nutritious Food Coalition, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, to increase access to healthy food for low-income Minnesotans participating in SNAP. Currently, more than 500,000 Minnesotans participate in the program.
Visit preventionminnesota.com for a full list of farmers markets across Minnesota that are accepting EBT and participating in the Market Bucks program this season. Blue Cross Blue Shield recently issued a news release on EBT (PDF) farmers market acceptance.
Simplified application launched for seniors to access healthy food
To increase seniors’ access to nutritious foods, DHS announced Wednesday, April 10, the launch of a new one-page application for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for Minnesotans age 60 and older. Stemming from the recommendation of the Nutritious Food Coalition, launched by Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon last year, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Application for Seniors is for seniors-only households. More information is in a news release about the SNAP application.
Senator Franken urges eligible Minnesotans to apply for food assistance
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) posted a Public Service Announcement reminding Minnesotans who struggle with hunger that help is available. In his video, SNAP Helping Children, Families [and] Seniors, Franken points out that “nearly one in two… that struggle with hunger is not enrolled in SNAP, even though they may qualify.” Franken’s message is posted on YouTube and the senator’s website. Detailed information about SNAP and eligibility requirements are available on the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ website.
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.
A fact sheet, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps people with low incomes buy food, is available on the DHS website.
Three news releases are available on the DHS website:
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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