There's good news and bad news when it comes to fighting hunger in Minnesota.
There are a lot of innovative ideas going around to help SNAP* participants get the most for their money - sometimes twice as much. Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) in Virginia is making meal kits with recipes using SNAP-eligible ingredients. And almost a hundred farmers markets around the state match SNAP dollars to enable folks to buy twice as much fresh produce.
But the myths persist about people living the high life on food assistance, and Hunger Solutions Minnesota's executive director says that makes it even harder for people to ask for the benefits they've paid into all their lives.
*The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) replaced food stamps in 2008.
"Shame on you if you believe you deserve something more than they do"