ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon has announced the launch of the Minnesota Nutritious Food Coalition.

Her office says it’s a public-private partnership to ensure that more low-income Minnesotans, particularly seniors, can purchase healthy foods and eat more nutritiously.

The coalition met for the first time Tuesday and will meet quarterly in the future. Members are seeking to develop a coordinated outreach effort to ensure all Minnesotans who are eligible for the federal Food Support program formerly known as Food Stamps have an opportunity to apply.

Prettner Solon says more than 500,000 Minnesotans access Food Support benefits monthly, but only 65 percent of eligible Minnesotans and 41 percent of eligible seniors are in the program.

In the same statement, Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed January Food Support and Nutrition Outreach Month.

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Comments (6)
  1. Gerry says:

    No one is starving.

    This will just allow the people getting the benefit to spend more at the casino and on pull-tabs.

    1. jean says:

      Gerry: your so unaware of anything , so shut up…you an moron…..and prove that their are senior not starving and on a very tight budget… their have to make serious choice’s between needed medication and seeing their Dr , food ,rent and bills` like heating ,water and light and phone

      1. Kevin says:

        @jean…no Gerry is speaking the truth….and by the way a real bit*h! If you followed the news….you would have been aware of the fact that the State Of MN EBT cards were and are being used not only in every state in the US but in Mexico and the Virgin Islands. They were used in Casino’s and Liquor Stores… get a clue…so I guess that makes you unaware of anything and a moron…..

  2. sad but true says:

    So I’m part of the 65%, thanks for the heads up. Sounds like more money is available, I’m calling my cousins from Chi-town right now. Thanks, and please have the checks ready and EBT’s loaded upon their arrival…..By the way, quit reading this and get to work!…go support me I can’t find a job.

  3. Kevin says:

    If you can buy whiskey with EBT cards….I am going to quit my job and become a liberal……you know leach off those evil ones who “have” and or who “work”…….

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