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Tomorrow leaders will tour food shelf, discuss need for a robust nutrition title in the Farm Bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (August 26, 2013)— Tomorrow, Hunger Solutions Minnesota and the Friends in Need Food Shelf will host Senator Al Franken and Congresswoman Betty McCollum for a discussion on the importance of a nutrition title in the renewal of the Farm Bill.

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Who: Senator Al Franken, Representative Betty McCollum, Colleen Moriarty, Executive Director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota, Michelle Rageth, Executive Director, Friends in Need Food Shelf, SNAP enrollees.


What: Food Shelf tour, round table discussion of hunger in Minnesota and the importance of SNAP as a hunger relief tool, the renewal of the Farm Bill.


When: Tuesday, August 27th – 1:15 – 2:30 pm


Where: Friends in Need Food Shelf – 255 3rd St, St Paul Park, MN 55071


The importance of SNAP

At a time when many Minnesotans are enjoying unusual food on a stick, thousands of families statewide are struggling to put food on the table.


A new report from Hunger Solutions Minnesota highlights the need for more resources, even as the state’s overall economy continues to improve. The State of Hunger in Minnesota report details how food insecurity impacts thousands of Minnesota families from every corner of the state.

Low income families with children in Minnesota receive an average of $345 per month from SNAP to help them buy food, so families can pay other bills and jumpstart their own economic recovery.


However, SNAP funding is under fire from critics in the U.S. House of Representative, which recently proposed more than $40 billion in cuts to the program, which until now had enjoyed relatively broad bipartisan support for more than 50 years.


Hunger Solutions Minnesota is working to protect SNAP benefits by urging the Minnesota Congressional Delegation to strengthen the federal nutrition programs so benefits are sufficient to address hunger and so the programs reach more households in need. Five of Minnesota’s U.S. Representatives – Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Collin Peterson, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Tim Walz and Rep. Rick Nolan ­– have signed on to a letter urging House leadership to support full funding for SNAP.



About Hunger Solutions Minnesota

Hunger Solutions Minnesota works to end hunger by taking action, advancing public policy and guiding grassroots advocacy on behalf of hungry Minnesotans and the diverse groups that serve them. We connect Minnesota’s food shelves and hunger-relief organizations with the necessary funding, technical assistance and logistical support to reach thousands of Minnesota individuals, families and children in need. Our work is made possible through the generous support of donors across the country, each sharing our commitment to ensuring no Minnesotan will struggle with food insecurity alone.


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