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 coalition 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 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

    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 happenings 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.

    Publications

    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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