July 8, 2011

Minnesota Measures 6th Highest Increase in US for Grocery Assistance

SAINT PAUL, Minn., July 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Today, Hunger Solutions Minnesota releases a quarterly report that measures the state of hunger in Minnesota. The most sobering statistic amoung the many hunger measurements is the fact that Minnesota witnessed a historicial increase in Food Support/Food Stamp enrollment. According to the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services and the USDA, Minnesota currently has over 515,000 individuals enrolled in the Food Support Program.

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Minnesota Department of Human Services reports that there was a 30% jump in Food Support caseloads from 2008--2009 and another 20% increase from 2009-2010.. According to the USDA, Minnesota had the 6th highest one-year increase in the nation from April 2010 to April 2011 at 18.8%. New Jersey had the highest at 22.7% and North Dakota had the lowest at .6%.

Hunger Solutions Minnesota works closely with Minnesota food shelves and includes an overview of how neighborhood food shelves have served an ever-increasing demand for grocery help across the state since 2000. This includes information about food shelves that are housed in public schools.

The report contains hunger data points from reports developed for Hunger Free MN. Hunger Solutions Minnesota is a founding partner of this statewide anti-hunger coalition. The report also reviews the number of school age children at risk for hunger and the programs available to respond to the need.

Even though the numbers are high (an estimated 1 in 10) for Minnesotans that receive food help, there are still thousands that are skipping meals or making poor nutrition choices. 95% of all callers to the Minnesota Food HelpLine that were screened were eligible, but not yet enrolled, in Food Support. For those who may need help or know someone that is not eating well, Hunger Solutions Minnesota offers assistance via the Minnesota Food HelpLine.

The Minnesota Food HelpLine makes it very simple. With one call, we assess your situation and provide solutions to your family's food needs. If you or your family are having difficulty making ends meet, please call 1-888-711-1151. The Minnesota Food HelpLine is a program of Hunger Solutions Minnesota. We connect you with emergency food resources. Call to learn about Food Support (Food Stamps), food shelves, school meals, Meals on Wheels, Fare for All and more. HelpLine Hours: Monday - Friday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm



Hunger Solutions Minnesota is a comprehensive hunger relief organization that works to end hunger in Minnesota. We take action to assure food security for all Minnesotans by supporting agencies that provide food to those in need, advancing sound public policy, and guiding grassroots advocacy. For more information: www.hungersolutions.org

Media Contact: Jill Hiebert Hunger Solutions Minnesota, 651-789-9843, [email protected]

SOURCE Hunger Solutions Minnesota