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Ahead of Holiday Season, Governor Walz, Lieutenant Governor Flanagan Announce $5 Million for Minnesota Food Shelves

Nov 22, 2023 09:37AM ● By Content Editor
Photo: Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan at Second Harvest Heartland. Secondhand Harvest Facebook page

From the Office of Gov Walz - November 22, 2023

Ahead of the holiday season, Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today announced $5 million in new funding for Minnesota’s food shelves. With significant increases in food shelf demand this season, Governor Walz will allocate $5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds for Minnesota’s seven regional food banks. Lieutenant Governor Flanagan made the announcement at Second Harvest Heartland alongside Second Harvest Heartland CEO Allison O’Toole, Neighborhood House President Nancy Brady, and Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead.

“No family should go hungry this holiday season,” said Governor Walz. “As we continue working to lower costs, we’re making sure our state’s food banks can keep helping families get what they need. We’re grateful for the continued collaboration with partners like Second Harvest that are helping Minnesotans all year round.”

"Food shelves and banks step up to help Minnesotans put food on the table when resources are stretched thin,” said Lieutenant Governor Flanagan. “I’m proud our administration can do our part in providing an additional $5 million to support the year-round work that connects Minnesotans with food resources, especially to meet the rising demand during the holiday season.”

The funds will be allocated to Minnesota’s seven regional food banks to support the purchase and distribution of in-demand foods at food shelves.

This funding comes in addition to $5 million in emergency food shelf funding the Governor signed into law in February.