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Minnesota gets funds for summer food programs to help needy children

Minnesota food shelves can offer new programs to feed needy children this year, thanks to a federal grant and private funding raised by Hunger Solutions Minnesota.

Officials expect the programs to help 400,000 children.

Hunger Solutions leveraged a local match grant from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless to get an emergency federal grant.

A total of $1 million is available to food shelves that distribute USDA commodities in Minnesota and serve families with children. Grants will range from $5,000 up to $50,000 and can be used for food, personnel costs, outreach materials and costs associated with new activities that will increase service this summer.

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