State Raises Awareness of Resources for Food Help
On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Star Tribune published a story highlighting the increase in Minnesota seniors accessing food support. This story comes on the heels of Governor Mark Dayton’s proclamation of January as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Education and Outreach Month in Minnesota which sites benefits of SNAP including:
- Children in families receiving SNAP are less likely to be underweight or at risk for developmental delays, are more likely to have better school attendance, and be more focused in the classroom.
- Good nutrition can help older adults remain independent and in their own homes longer; and every dollar spent on nutrition education saves up to $10 in long-term health care costs.
Of the more than half a million individuals that we serve each year, more than 10 percent are individuals ages 60 and up. This number continues to rise as the population ages and Second Harvest Heartland is continuing to work with local partners to promote access to program like the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
If you or someone you know needs access to more food, we can help. Contact our staff to learn more about resources available to help you.