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2018 Farm bill: Minnesota’s nutrition programs

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SNAP: More than 645,000 Minnesotans with low incomes received almost $603 million in federal SNAP benefits to buy food some time during federal fiscal year 2016.

  • As the most effective anti-hunger program in the country, SNAP helps Minnesotans with low incomes buy food.
  • Seventy percent of those receiving SNAP are children, seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Many people receiving SNAP are working but still have incomes that are low enough to qualify for the program. 
  • SNAP pumps hundreds of millions of dollars into Minnesota’s economy benefiting farmers, grocers and workers in a number of economic sectors.

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The Emergency Food Assistance Program: Minnesotans living on very low incomes received nearly 10 million pounds of the program's food in Fiscal Year 2016.

  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program provides nutritious food for community food shelves and on-site meal programs that serve Minnesotans with low incomes.
  • In 2016, Minnesotans made more than 3.3 million visits to food shelves.
  • While the initial funding allocation from the federal government is just over $1 million for 2017, the Minnesota Department of Human Services will likely capture additional funds. This food, bought from farmers in the United States, was valued at more than $7 million in 2016. 
 
 

SNAP does not meet all the food needs of Minnesotans with low incomes

The average SNAP benefit per person per meal is $1.17

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SNAP helps hungry Minnesotans buy food

More than 645,000 Minnesotans – almost 12 percent of the state’s population – received SNAP at some point in Federal Fiscal Year 2016.* Their incomes are below 165 percent of the federal poverty level, about $33,000 a year for a family of three.

*Minnesota Department of Human Services, FFY 2016 unduplicated annual caseload.

 

Because Minnesota does not have an asset limit and uses a one-page application for seniors on SNAP, the state has been successful in reaching more seniors living in poverty.

** Minnesota Department of Human Services, based on an average monthly count of seniors receiving SNAP benefits compared to an estimate based on the American Community Survey of seniors with an income of 125 percent of poverty or less

Percentage of seniors in poverty receiving SNAP

Additional resources

Hunger Solutions Minnesota works in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services on behalf of Minnesotans who experience hunger. Hunger Solutions connects hunger-relief organizations with funding, technical assistance, logistical support, and grassroots advocacy to reach thousands of Minnesota individuals, families and children in need.

SNAP Outreach grantees, SNAP Outreach in Minnesota began with 12 partner agencies and now includes more than 30 community partners. In Federal Fiscal Year 2016, Minnesota received $2.2 million in Federal funds for this outreach effort. Minnesota focuses its outreach efforts on seniors with low incomes, and children in poverty and their families.

More information

For more information about SNAP, The Emergency Food Assistance Program and other food supports for Minnesotans with low incomes, check out these fact sheets:

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