SAINT PAUL, MN— Today, the Minnesota Senate passed a bipartisan bill to provide support for Minnesotans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill includes language that expands access to diapers and toilet paper for Minnesotans that utilize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The bill also addresses housing and food security and support for licensed child care providers among other critical measures that will assist in the state’s response to COVID-19.
“I’m proud to have worked directly with my colleagues to ensure we support Minnesotans who are facing exacerbated economic hardships due to COVID-19,” said Assistant Minority Leader, and ranking member of the Human Services Reform Committee, Senator Jeff Hayden. “I’m disappointed we weren’t able to include additional emergency assistance through the Minnesota Family Investment Program. However, in ensuring critical supports such as housing, food security, child care, and access to diapers and toilet paper, we are doing what Minnesotans do best, caring for our neighbors when they need it most.”
The bill includes $32 million for emergency homelessness services and housing support. $29 million will go toward emergency childcare grants for programs that can prioritize space for emergency workers and are being strained by enrollment fluctuations and increased operating costs due to COVID-19. $9 million will go toward increased staffing and food transportation needs for food shelf programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.