Expanding SNAP E&T
Because of dramatic shifts in nutrition policy, last year SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) benefits decreased and thousands lost their eligibility. Currently in Minnesota, each of the 495,000 SNAP recipients receives $1.24 per meal (Minnesota Department of Human Services). This is down from $1.32 in 2013. Also, in the fall of 2013, Minnesota lost the federal waiver to enroll able bodied adults without dependents between ages 18-50 in SNAP for longer than three months. When this waiver expired, 89,000 individuals lost their SNAP benefits, more than twice as many as forecasted. Many have turned to the strapped network of community based food shelves for service as a replacement.