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Help with food and groceries

bag of groceriesThe COVID-19 pandemic created challenges for Minnesotans facing food insecurity and for Minnesota’s food producers. Minnesota has existing programs to help Minnesotans receive emergency food support, along with information about safely handling produce during this time.

Help with food and groceries

Emergency food support. Information from the Department of Human Services on emergency food support options for all Minnesotans.

Food Resources for Families (PDF). This document provides links for resources, including hotlines and phone apps, for state and local agencies and organizations that provide food support for families. 

Food shelves. Minnesota is home to a robust network of food shelves that may be able to offer additional food support. Many local food selves are modifying hours or operations to ensure food can be provided safely. Once you have located a nearby location, call or visit their website to get the most up-to-date information. To find a food shelf or additional food resources near you, contact the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 1-888-711-1151 or visit the Hunger Solutions website.

Free Meals for Kids app. The Minnesota Department of Education is partnering with Hunger Impact Partners to help students find free, nutritious school meals at nearly 400 schools and other sites around the state through the pandemic and recovery.

SNAP Outreach Specialists. If you need food assistance, specialists can give you more information about receiving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Learn how to enroll and use the SNAP benefit to make informed decisions about buying healthy, nutritious food.

Older Adults. Minnesota’s Senior LinkAge Line can help older adults connect to food resources in their communities, during the pandemic or at any time. You can reach them by calling 1-800-333-2433, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WIC Program. WIC is a public health nutrition program for low-income women, infants and children up to age five. WIC provides nutrition education and breastfeeding support, supplemental foods, and referrals to other programs and services in the community. To apply for WIC services, call the WIC Program in your community to schedule an appointment. To find your local WIC program, you can call 1-800-942-4030. 


Food safety information

Best practices for reusable bags and food takeout containers. Information from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

List of disinfectants approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use against COVID-19.

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