Federal official learns about hunger in Minnesota

Kevin Concannon, U.S. undersecretary of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, recently spent two days touring Minnesota food shelves and discussing hunger in Minnesota with community members, including a DHS representative. Concannon began his tour March 25 at the University of Minnesota with a roundtable discussion on improving access to nutritious food and encouraging healthier food choices through Minnesota’s various assistance programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Continuing the conversation of food insecurity, Concannon hosted a community open forum at the university. “Today’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Programs” focused on efforts to reduce the effect of poverty for low-income families and the importance of promoting healthy eating for all Americans.

At the Minnesota Workforce Center in Anoka County March 26, Concannon was welcomed by Sandy Froiland, assistant director of the Anoka County Job Training Center. Froiland provided Concannon a basic overview of SNAP and performance information for the last fiscal year.

Neighborhood House, a food shelf dedicated to serving refugees, immigrants and low-income Minnesotans in St. Paul, was Concannon’s last stop. He toured the facility along with U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum and was briefed by Neighborhood House staff and members of Hunger Solutions Minnesota.

 

Kevin Concannon, U.S. undersecretary of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, left, and Dale Simonson, senior state program administration manager of Transition to Economic Stability, right, listened to Patrick McFarland, executive director of Anoka County Community Action Program, during a tour of the Anoka County Job Training Center March 26.

 

Kevin Concannon, U.S. undersecretary of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, left, and Dale Simonson, senior state program administration manager of Transition to Economic Stability, right, listened to Patrick McFarland, executive director of Anoka County Community Action Program, during a tour of the Anoka County Job Training Center March 26.

 


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