2015 Legislative Priorities
Do you support farmer’s markets and food access for low income Minnesotans? We do too!
We encourage you to support our Healthy Eating, Here at Home initiative. This program would provide a modest match to SNAP use at farmer’s markets. This legislation will increase SNAP enrollees’ access to fresh, local, and healthy foods by expanding their buying power at farmer’s markets .
Incentives will increase SNAP use and allow low-income Minnesotans to buy even more fresh, healthy foods while shopping from local growers at the market.
Help close the food gap for low income, low mobility Minnesotans
Mobile food shelf programs increase access to free and nutritious food for individuals who experience barriers to accessing food from traditional food shelves due to: mobility issues, disabilities, lack of transportation, and proximity to their local food shelf. Mobile food shelf programs are a cost effective delivery model compared to the alternative of building more food shelves and paying operating costs. Creating mobile food shelf programs is also a more cost effective solution than addressing transportation infrastructure barriers. These programs distribute food directly at subsidized housing complexes or in specific neighborhoods out of refurbished trucks. This distribution method could be very effective in rural areas where people don’t live in close proximity to their local food shelf. DOWNLOAD FACT SHEET
Expanding school breakfast in Minnesota
SKIPPING BREAKFAST HAS CONSEQUENCES
A recent Share Our Strength survey of educators revealed that three out of four teachers and principals say they see kids who regularly come to school hungry and 87 percent of principals say they see hungry kids in their schools at least once per week.
Children who are undernourished have poorer cognitive functioning when they miss breakfast. Children with hunger are more likely to have repeated a grade, received special education services, or received mental health counseling, than low-income children who do not experience hunger.
We can and must fix this hunger gap. Along with lunch at school, breakfast is a ready and waiting hunger relief tool that can be expanded in Minnesota.
Minnesota is ranked 30th out of all 50 states in offering a school breakfast program.
We can do better for our kids. Children who eat a complete breakfast make fewer mistakes and work faster in math and number checking tests. Children who eat breakfast at school – closer to class and test-taking time –perform better on standardized tests than those who skip breakfast or eat breakfast at home.
We can improve the lives of Minnesota students through school breakfast
- Number of MN students eating free/reduced breakfast each day:132,885
- Ratio of students eating breakfast to eating free/reduced lunch:47.8
- Number of Minnesota schools serving breakfast:1,662
- Percent of schools serving breakfast to those serving lunch:81.8%