ST. PAUL (Aug. 8, 2013) — With a $15,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Emergency Foodshelf Network is expanding its Mobile Foodshelf outreach this year to deliver an additional 73,000 pounds of food to low-income communities in Hennepin and Ramsey counties.
In total, EFN will distribute 226,000 pounds of food to low-income Minnesotans this year. The grant from DHS will enable Emergency Foodshelf Network to increase the number of sites it reaches, add fresh produce and milk products in foodshelf packages, print and distribute Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and nutrition education materials, and support staff involved in SNAP community outreach.
The Mobile Foodshelf currently operates a monthly distribution to 17 low-income housing complexes in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, providing over 750 pounds of food per site per month for a total of 153,000 pounds per year. With the additional funds from DHS, the foodshelf will add nine sites to its distribution areas and issue an additional 73,000 pounds of food—for a total of 226,000 pounds of food per year—to recipients. It will also provide additional resources and referrals to residents on state and federal food programs, including SNAP. New distribution sites include the Garden Terrace Apartments in Little Canada, Seal Hi-Rise in St. Paul, and Cleveland Hi-Rise in St. Paul. The Emergency Foodshelf Network will identify the sites next month.