Low-income families and individuals will have more access to healthy food through Second Harvest Heartland thanks to a new $250,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), the department announced.
Second Harvest Heartland is one of the nation’s largest food banks and serves 500,000 people a year in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
The department said that the grant will help fund Second Harvest’s Food Security project for people who need hunger relief.
“This grant recognizes the importance of nutritious food for those who need it most,” Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper said. “Helping low-income Minnesotans put healthy food on the table is the right thing to do, and we believe it’s a wise use of our resources.”
The Food Security includes the following services:
- Monthly food boxes for people with diabetes at Allina Health clinics in Cambridge, Coon Rapids, North Branch and West St. Paul.
- Monthly food boxes for people with diabetes and lipid metabolism disorder at CentraCare Family Health Center clinic in St. Cloud, as well as screening and food “prescriptions” through a Prevention Health Desk that provides food assistance and other services.
- An electronic system to identify and recruit families who need food assistance through Hennepin County Medical Center.
The U of M Food Industry Center found that the effect of hunger costs the state of Minnesota $1.6 billion every year in healthcare, hospitalization, medication, education and other costs, including lost productivity at work and in school.
Feeding America has a map that outlines every county in the nation and details the demographics and needs of those who are in need of food. You can click here to see details on Minnesota.
You can also visit the Second Harvest website if you are interested in donating or volunteering.