ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Monday, Senator Erin Maye Quade (DFL-Apple Valley) successfully passed her bill to provide emergency funding to food shelves through the Minnesota Senate. The bill (SF 71 and HF 213) passed 60-7.
“I’m proud to have passed this bill that will help Minnesotans put food on the table,” said Senator Maye Quade. “With unprecedented surges in food shelf visits, rising food costs, and pandemic-era supplemental nutrition programs come to an end, I’m grateful to my colleagues for their swift action to help Minnesotans feed their families.”
The bill provides $5 million in urgently needed funds as Minnesota food shelves experience up to 400% increases in usage and pandemic-era expanded SNAP benefits end in March.
The House unanimously voted in favor of HF 213 earlier this month and will now move to Governor Walz’s desk to be signed into law.