Anti-hunger advocates say new laws passed this session will make more Minnesotans eligible for food support, and food shelves will get a boost, too.
Beginning Nov. 1, about 70,000 more Minnesotans will be eligible for food aid when the $7,000 asset limit is eliminated and the gross income test raised from $24,000 for a family of three to $30,000.
Hunger Solutions Minnesota says these changes are in line with many other states and mean families that lost jobs will not have to spend down their assets to get food aid.
The Legislature also approved a $400,000 one-time emergency allocation to food shelves, to be distriibuted in July, the group said.
Said Colleen Moriarty, executive director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota:
“Our elected officials heard from people on the front lines all across the state. They heard loud and clear about the challenges faced by hard working Minnesota families and by the food shelves that meet their hunger needs. We really appreciate the unflagging support of Rep. John Benson and Rep. Karen Clark. We know they had to make tough budget decisions.”