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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 I received a farmers market support grant from Hunger Solutions. […]

Market Bucks FAQs for customers

    What is Market Bucks? Market Bucks is a program to double your SNAP-EBT purchases up to $10 at farmers markets that participate. What is SNAP-EBT? SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal food assistance program. Benefits are placed on an electronic benefits transfer card (EBT) similar to a debit card. […]

Open Your Heart Summer Challenge Grant 2016

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 […]

Hunger Solutions Minnesota Receives National Award for Innovative Anti-Hunger Work

Hunger Solutions Minnesota received the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)’s 2017 National Award for Innovative Anti-Hunger Work for its efforts to advance public policy and grassroots advocacy on behalf of Minnesotans struggling against hunger. The award was presented during FRAC’s 27th Annual Benefit Dinner, held in Washington, D.C. on June 7. The National Award […]

Market Bucks funded, food shelves get a raise

After a chaotic end of the Legislative session (and special session), Governor Dayton signed the final budget bills last week. Our policy priorities fared well at the Legislature. Here’s where they ended up: Market Bucks funding was restored! Thank you to everyone who called and emailed lawmakers to make sure it made it back in the […]

President’s budget proposal would destroy safety net for half-a-million Minnesotans

St. Paul, Minn – Earlier today, the president released his FY 2018 budget which includes an attack on SNAP—the most important nutrition program for millions of poor and vulnerable Americans – including nearly 500,000 Minnesotans. The budget proposes $193 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) over […]

10th Annual “Stock the Shelves” Fundraiser

Please Join us for Senate DFL Leader Tom Bakk’s 10th annual “Stock the Shelves Arrowhead Region Food Shelf Fundraiser” When: Monday, December 19 3:30 p.m. – Private Reception for Sponsors 4:00-6:00 p.m. – Happy Hour Reception Where: US Bank Stadium, Club Purple (note the new location) Parking: Park at Mills Fleet Farm Ramp (740 South 4th Street). […]

Market Bucks now available at Winter Markets

Market Bucks match SNAP-EBT customers’ dollars at participating farmers markets across Minnesota.  There are three easy steps to using SNAP-EBT at the farmers market: How it works 1.) Go to the EBT/information booth at the farmers market. 2.) Swipe your EBT card. For every dollar you spend on your EBT card, get an extra dollar in Market […]

Mobile Food Shelf Grants Awarded

Mobile food shelf programs increase access to nutritious food for individuals who experience barriers to accessing food from traditional food shelves. Mobile food shelves bring the food shelf directly to individuals who have mobility issues, disabilities, lack transportation or do not live near a bricks-and-mortar food shelf. In 2015, the Minnesota Legislature appropriated $2 million […]

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