The coalition, which includes the six Feeding America Food Banks serving Minnesota, Hunger Solutions Minnesota and Greater Twin Cities United Way, came together after a series of five groundbreaking hunger-related studies conducted over the past 24 months shed light on hunger’s devastating, pervasive and costly grip on Minnesota. Among those studies is the Missing Meals Study, which found an annual shortfall of 100-million meals for low-income Minnesotans.
“The data in those studies made it clear that hunger has a stronger hold on Minnesota than we previously thought—a hold that is hurting our citizens, our communities and our economy,” said Susie Novak, Executive Director of North Country Food Bank. “And it led North Country and all of Hunger-Free Minnesota’s founding partners to say, ‘enough is enough’. The bottom line is that it’s time for Minnesotans to band together and meet the needs of our hungry neighbors once and for all.” According to Novak, participating in Hunger-Free Minnesota is as easy as visiting www.hungerfreemn.org, where individuals can help their neighbors in need by joining the movement for a Minnesota where everyone has enough to eat. To learn more about Hunger-Free Minnesota, the five hunger-related studies or to join the movement, visit www.hungerfreemn.org.