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Winter Farmers Markets accept Market Bucks

With fresh snow on the ground and more in the forecast, the dream of shopping at a local farmers market appears distant on the horizon. But wait…there are markets open this winter! And a number of them accept Market Bucks year-round. Market Bucks matches dollar-for-dollar, up to $10 spent with an EBT-SNAP card. Customers can use […]

How SNAP works

Let’s say you applied for SNAP and you get enrolled and get your EBT card. Now what? Ever wonder what you can and cannot buy with your card? Here’s what you can do with your new SNAP benefits. What can you buy with SNAP? SNAP is used at most grocery and convenience stores to buy […]

Trump’s budget proposal a disaster for Minnesotans who struggle with hunger

Statement attributable to Colleen Moriarty, Executive Director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota.   Yesterday’s release of the Trump budget shows the President’s true intentions: attacking the poor to subsidize the tax cuts enacted last year. The President’s budget takes away access to food for millions of Americans. And nearly half-a-million Minnesotans rely on the program to put […]

Support a Farm Bill that works for all Minnesotans

With negotiations on the Farm Bill heating up in Washington, a group of hunger advocates in Minnesota has written a letter that urges Members of Congress to support a strong Nutrition Title and pass a Farm Bill that works for all Minnesotans. Help us send a clear, united message to the Minnesota Delegation that we […]

Misconceptions about qualifying for SNAP

  On the Minnesota Food HelpLine, we hear a lot of people tell us that they don’t think they qualify for SNAP. Every situation is different, but here are some of the more common misconceptions we hear: I have too much in my savings account to qualify. Actually, only your monthly income determines eligibility. Any […]

What is SNAP?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps you buy the food you need for nutritious meals. It used to be called food stamps. How does it work? Benefits come on an electronic benefits transfer card (EBT card). The EBT card works just like a debit card. It lets you buy food from most grocery stores […]

Market Bucks continue through the winter months

Market Bucks double SNAP customer’s spending at Minnesota farmers markets dollar-for-dollar, up to $10 per visit. The program is wildly successful at helping low-income Minnesotans access fresh, local, healthy food at their local farmers markets during the summer months. But did you know Market Bucks are available year round at participating Winter Markets? Where to […]

School Lunch Shaming Issue Continues in Minnesota

Last Thursday, Rochester media reported that the Stewartville School District instructed its lunchroom staff to publicly dump the food trays of students who had a negative balance on their school lunch account and hand those students a sandwich. Minnesota became a leader in addressing the issue of school lunch shaming when it passed legislation to […]

Food Shelf Visits on Pace to Top 3 Million for Seventh Year 

Minnesotans made 1,487,810 visits to food shelves between January and June 2017. At this pace, Minnesota will record approximately 3 million food shelf visits this year — a number on track with food shelf usage rates during the aftermath of the recession. How do you get to over 3 million visits? If it were as […]

Update the Food Help Map

Hours of operation change, organizations move, new programs start up. It’s hard to keep up with every food resource across Minnesota! Help us keep the Food Help Map updated by completing the form below to let us know of any new resources or changes to the listings on the map. We’ll review the information and […]

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