I’ll start with the bad news: a USDA Report recently found that one in ten Minnesota households struggle with hunger.
The good news is that the availability of food shelves and food support to people in need has helped keep our numbers below the national average. Hunger Solutions Executive Director Colleen Moriarity explains that:
“In Minnesota the fact that we’ve been able to do outreach, and that we’ve been able to get more people into the food shelves — more seniors, more families — more people enrolled in school lunch, that all helps to maintain a level of security . . . If that infrastructure wasn’t there, we would be in much worse shape than we are now.”
She said food stamps, known as Food Support in Minnesota, have been especially important. More than 500,000 Minnesotans are now on food stamps.
More bad news:
“Until the economy improves, until we see the increase in availability of funds to be able to raise the level of social security, or people are employed at a living wage, we will continue to see this need,” [Moriarty] said.
For now, Moriarty is concerned about whether food shelves can continue at this pace and wonders what will happen if the federal government cuts back on programs that currently address hunger.
At HQB, we have nearly doubled the number of clients served since 2010. The good news is that we have stepped up our fundraising efforts. In July alone, we raised nearly $7,500, enough to fully stock two shelves. Even better news: you can help support our work with a simple click of the mouse!