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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
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.
Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed January Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach Month in Minnesota. A copy of the proclamation (PDF) is posted on the governor's website. According to the proclamation, 65 percent of all Minnesotans and 44 percent of seniors age 60 and older eligible for SNAP are enrolled in the program that helps people with low incomes access nutritious food. Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson shared the proclamation with the Minnesota Nutritious Food Coalition at its one-year anniversary meeting Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Unemployed and underemployed Minnesotans now have a little more help purchasing healthy food
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.
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.
A fact sheet, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps people with low incomes buy food, is available on the DHS website.
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