News and updates on the DHS efforts to assist low-income Minnesotans stay healthy and living productively.
With a $15,000 grant from DHS, using U.S. Department of Agriculture bonus funds, the Emergency Foodshelf Network plans to increase the number of low-income sites it reaches, add fresh produce and milk products in foodshelf packages, print and distribute Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and nutrition education materials, and support staff involved in SNAP community outreach in Ramsey and Hennepin counties. The network’s Mobile Foodshelf distributes 750 pounds of food per month as well as resources and referrals to 17 low-income housing complexes. More information is in a news release about Emergency Foodshelf Network’s Mobile Foodshelf outreach.
Applicants for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) should be aware there is never a fee for applying for benefits, and to be on the lookout for online ads or suspicious emails falsely offering help filling out applications. The goal of such scams is to collect personal information from potential SNAP recipients, including credit card information. The federal agency that manages SNAP reports that there have recently been scams in which applicants are asked to provide cell phone numbers and are then automatically enrolled into an expensive service without warning. A “scam alert” provides regular updates about these illegal schemes and how to get assistance if an applicant has already fallen victim.