In late October, the Minnesota Department of Human Services reconvened its Nutritious Food Coalition under a new name: the SNAP Coalition. The SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Coalition is made up of partners representing the non-profit sector, tribal governments, state and county agencies, and other SNAP Outreach programs.
During the first six-months of the coronavirus pandemic, SNAP enrollment in Minnesota increased by nearly 20 percent, almost doubling state expenditures to upwards of $77 million per month. The increased need resulted new initiatives including E-SNAP (Emergency SNAP), P-EBT (Pandemic EBT), and Summer P-EBT.
Now, in an effort to continue meeting the increasing health and nutritional needs of Minnesota families in the age of COVID-19, the SNAP Coalition is further:
- Identifying and addressing barriers faced by eligible Minnesotans seeking SNAP.
- Informing and helping shape policy direction.
- Providing guidance on ways to better serve Minnesotans in need of healthy food.
- Fostering relationships among groups to streamline efforts to better serve families with low incomes.
If you are a resident of Ramsey or Washington Counties and in need of SNAP benefits, please visit Community Action’s dedicated Food Support webpage, call 651-603-5883, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a Minnesota resident living outside of Ramsey or Washington counties and need more information about eligibility and/or how to apply for SNAP, please refer to the Minnesota Department of Human Services SNAP webpage.