The Legislature passed emergency funding for food shelf programs this week, in response to growing demands placed on the system as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the emergency funding, SNAP benefits have also been expanded to include toilet paper and diapers. The Food Security budget package addresses the need for continued funding for food systems across the state as the COVID-19 situation develops over the coming days and weeks.
The one-time appropriation of $9 million will be used to support the Minnesota Food Shelf Program, a program administered by the Department of Human Services. DHS will work with Hunger Solutions, an organization representing more than 250 food shelves in Minnesota, to distribute funds to qualifying food shelfs within the state. The funds received will allow food shelves to purchase food, diapers, toilet paper, and other necessary supplies and will enable them to provide specialized responses to their communities’ needs. (HF 4531)