Updated: July 08, 2020 02:35 PM
Created: July 08, 2020 02:26 PM
Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan on Wednesday announced $12 million in funding to help combat hunger in Minnesota amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state said the funding will support about 300 food shelves and seven food banks in Minnesota.
According to Walz, about 300,000 Minnesotans have visited food shelves each month since the pandemic began, which is an increase of about 30% compared to normal.
The funding is coming from the federal CARES Act and has been approved by the Legislative Advisory Commission.
Walz's office said other efforts to ensure access to food include:
You can find information on food assistance resources here. Minnesotans can also fill out a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) application at ApplyMN.dhs.mn.gov and apply for P-EBT benefits here.
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