One poster in a new campaign to end hunger in Minnesota features a smiling Caucasian man dressed in t-shirt and sweatshirt. It reads, in part: “Drew Age: 42, Currently Unemployed. He uses SNAP. So can you.”
More than 500,000 Minnesotans receive benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps, with disproportionate numbers of African-Americans and Indians.
But the need, buoyed in part by the economic recession, is significantly greater and broader. Only 65 percent of eligible Minnesotans and 41 percent of eligible seniors age 60 and older receive food assistance, according to the folks at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.