The coalition meets to address food access issues, increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, identify barriers and areas for expansion in nutrition assistance and support, and develop coordinated outreach efforts to ensure all Minnesotans who are eligible for assistance have an opportunity
to apply for it.
Coalition goals include:
Identify barriers and means of increasing food access
Provide guidance on ways to better serve Minnesotans in need of healthy food, particularly seniors
Raise awareness about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Educate people on eating nutritiously and cost effectively
Increase participation in the nutrition assistance programs.
The coalition measures its success by an increase in participation among program-eligible Minnesotans.
Statewide outreach efforts include:
Work from more than 30 agencies, which are Food and Nutrition Service grant recipients and are part of Minnesota's formal state outreach plan
Recruitment of local partners to conduct outreach
Coordination among the department and counties and tribes to provide the infrastructure for material updates, supplies, training and communications
Free nutrition education materials and classes (SNAP-Ed) through the University of Minnesota Extension and seven of the tribal nations in Minnesota -- Bois Forte, Grand Portage Chippewas, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Fond du Lac, Minne Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Red Lake Nation and White Earth Nation -- to help participants make good purchasing choices and stretch their food dollars.
The current report provides a 25-month historical summary of key data about the Minnesota Family Investment Program. Charts that accompany each data table show the entire history of the program for which reliable data are available.