Solutions Blog

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 […]

Statewide View: Cuts to nutrition programs a threat to Minnesotans’ health

Via the Duluth News Tribune: I’m worried. I’m worried that as many as 650,000 Minnesotans, many of them in the Duluth area, are on the precipice of not being able to meet basic needs for their families. My concern is based on a very real threat of federal cuts to crucial nutrition programs such as […]

Open Your Heart Food Shelf Challenge Grant 2017

Help your local food shelf fill empty plates this summer! In Minnesota, summer means trips to the lake, long bike rides, and fresh produce. But many Minnesota families can’t afford weekly trips to the farmer’s market for fruits and vegetables.  Food shelves help provide nutritious fruits and vegetables to these families and they need your […]

Emergency & Equipment Grants

Emergency & Equipment Grants help Minnesota food shelves recover from a natural disaster or respond to a dramatic rise need in their community. Some funding is available for one-time equipment purchases – like for a scale or fridge. Tell me more about the Emergency and Equipment Grant

Market Bucks FAQs for farmers markets

Is there a cap to how many Market Bucks can be used at my market? No. Hunger Solutions will reimburse your market for the total number of Market Bucks redeemed throughout the season, as long as they are logged into the online portal at hungersolutions.org/mbstats. I received a farmers market support grant from Hunger Solutions. […]

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