By Susie Jones

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — More than 500,000 Minnesotans rely on food stamps today, which is more than double the number 10 years ago.

Michelle Ness is executive director of PRISM, a Golden Valley food shelf, and she sees the problem first hand, particularly when it comes to having low income kids out of school.

“We know that families are struggling when it comes to day care issues but they are home more and eating more,” Ness said.

Ness said families typically are allowed to visit a food shelf once a month.

“For families with greater need, we are saying come on in, we want to do all we can to help you,” she said.

She sees the number of food stamp users growing as well. Even working two jobs, a lot of people can’t make ends meet.

“Many folks are just one crisis away from becoming homeless,” she said.


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