A recent study by Feeding America found that nearly 600,000 Minnesotans miss an average of 10 meals per month. That’s shocking news. And to make matters worse, fewer than half of those who struggle with hunger qualify for federal nutrition programs.
A new statewide initiative called Hunger-Free Minnesota seeks to change this. By 2014, this coalition of businesses, faith communities, nonprofits, and others seeks to close Minnesota’s gap of 100 million missing meals. To accomplish its ambitious goal, the group will strive to increase food shelf and food bank donations — to be achieved in part by reducing food waste in grocery stores. Additionally, it will attempt to boost food stamps enrollments (only a quarter of senior citizens are currently enrolled), and include more children in free breakfast and lunch programs.