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Walz allocates $12M to food shelves as Minnesotans face food insecurity


The food shelf in Preston, Minn., which is managed by Laura Grebin. Grebin said that the food shelf serves around 190 families in the area, which she calls significant. (Noah Fish / Agweek)

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."


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