Walz allocates $12M to food shelves as Minnesotans face food insecurity
July 9, 2020
ST. PAUL - As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, along with it widespread economic repercussions, more and more Minnesotans have turned to food shelves and banks to help put food on the table.
On Wednesday, July 8, the Governor's Office announced that an additional $12 million in emergency funds will go to the state's 300 food shelves and seven food banks to help with increased needs during the pandemic.
Ahead of their funding announcement Wednesday, Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan toured the Department of Indian Work's food shelf - the only culturally specific food shelf in the area. Housed in the basement of a small white building on St. Paul's Summit Ave., the walls of food shelf are painted a sunny yellow, adorned with traditional Ojibwe and Dakota prints so patrons "feel at home."