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Many Minnesotans Still Face Food Insecurity

Even as we continue to push through the “pandemic wall,” food insecurity remains a significant issue here in Minnesota. Last year alone, residents of the North Star State made more than 3.6 million visits to local food shelves. And, according to the nation’s larger hunger-relief organization, Feeding America, nearly 350,000 Minnesotans are currently struggling with hunger, more than one-third of whom are children.

Ramsey County offers a comprehensive guide to help households in need connect to food resources near them, such as food shelves, free meal programs, groceries at low or no-cost, farmers markets and community gardens, home meal delivery, produce giveaways, and other assistance programs. Information regarding these programs and services can be accessed via Ramsey County’s interactive Food Resource Map. Moreover, the Ramsey County Food Resources webpage maintains materials in several languages, including Hmong, Karen, Oromo, Somali, and Spanish, as well as interpreter services through its Service Center Navigators initiative 651-266-8500. Plus, you can find resources specifically tailored to:

  • People living on a low income
  • Children under the age of 18
  • Those who are pregnant
  • Older adults
  • People with disabilities
  • People with health conditions
  • Immigrants and refugees
  • Those with specific cultural and/or dietary needs

The site also provides information on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

If you or someone you know is currently struggling with food insecurity, you (they) may be eligible for this important resource.

For more details about SNAP, including eligibility guidelines and how to apply, residents of Ramsey and Washington counties should call Community Action’s Food Support Program at 651-603-5883, send an email to, or visit us online. And, for those that reside in other Minnesota counties and may qualify for SNAP, please call the Minnesota Food Help Line at 888-711-1151, or apply with a SNAP specialist through the Minnesota Department of Human Services Food Helper webpage.

Our Impact This Year

  • People Who Received Utility Bill Assistance


  • Children Enrolled in Head Start & Early Head Start


  • People Whose Utility Bills Were Lowered Through Home Weatherization


  • Workers Provided with Transportation Support Including Vehicle Loans, Repair Grants, and Transit Passes


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