The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act is appropriating $55 million in emergency SNAP aid to Minnesota to help aid hungry households during the COVID pandemic. These funds will aid approximately 134,000 households and over 250,000 Minnesotans during a critical period of need.
The emergency supplements will be sent to families and households that have not reached the maximum amount of assistance in March and April. This will ensure that the families who are most in need of assistance currently receive it as soon as possible. The Minnesota Department of Human Services is encouraging Minnesotans experiencing hunger to find out if they are eligible for SNAP benefits, and the Senate DFL echoes those sentiments.
Nobody should go without food, especially during this trying pandemic. We stand committed to ensuring that all Minnesotans have their basic needs met so they can live a more secure life during these uncertain times, and this additional SNAP aid is one more example of a way in which we can ensure that for all of our citizens.
For more information on SNAP benefits and emergency food support options, visit: mn.gov/dhs/food-emergency.