Keeping Food on Minnesota Kitchen Tables; Hunger Solutions Minnesota Releases Data on 2008 Hunger Factors

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Hunger Solutions Minnesota releases their first volume of a newly developed quarterly report. "Keeping Food on the Table", is a quarterly review of the state of hunger in Minnesota. This first issue is a 2008 review. The review looks at food shelf usage, food stamps, federal commodities, suburban hunger and other factors contributing to the rising issue of hunger in Minnesota.

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Hunger Solutions Minnesota releases their first volume of a newly developed quarterly report. "Keeping Food on the Table", is a quarterly review of the state of hunger in Minnesota. This first issue is a 2008 review. The review looks at food shelf usage, food stamps, federal commodities, suburban hunger and other factors contributing to the rising issue of hunger in Minnesota.

2008 was the first time we've seen over 2 million visits to food shelves in Minnesota. The year also saw hunger escalate in the Twin City suburbs. For the first time since 2000, more than 300,000 Minnesotans are using food stamps.

Hunger Solutions Minnesota will release their first volume of a newly developed quarterly report at a State Capitol press conference on Monday, March 30.

"Keeping Food on the Table", is a quarterly review that tracks the state of hunger in Minnesota. This first issue is a 2008 review. The review looks at food shelf usage, Food Support, Federal commodities, suburban hunger and other factors contributing to the rising issue of hunger in Minnesota.

The unprecedented economic downturn and food inflation is putting a major strain on already weak family budgets. Food insecurity impacts an estimated 10% of Minnesota's population.

Food shelves and other emergency food programs are under pressure to meet the unusual demand for food assistance from middle class families suffering from unemployment, underemployment, home foreclosure, food cost inflation and other financial strains.

Colleen Moriarty, Executive Director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota, reports, "The number of hungry people in the state is astounding. We have seen a 15% increase statewide in visits to food shelves in Minnesota from 2007. Even more troubling is the 19% increase in food shelf visits by senior citizens."

Press Conference
A Legislative Response to Hunger and Report Release
Monday, March 30, 2009
9:30 am
State Office Building (Room 181)
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul MN 55155

ABOUT HUNGER SOLUTIONS MINNESOTA:
Hunger Solutions Minnesota (HSM) 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. HSM advocates for the maximum use of all federal public nutrition dollars available and works to improve low income Minnesotans' access to all nutrition programs. HSM recommends that people struggling with hunger and poverty screen themselves for public program benefits by using Bridge to Benefits

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