Hunger in the Twin Cities
In 2012, there were 1.7 million visits to Twin Cities metro area food shelves. Since the event began in 2008, food shelf usage in the Twin Cities suburbs has risen over 90%. Click here to hear a story about one person who was helped by a Walk agency food shelf.
In the Twin Cities nine-county metro area, one in five families with children struggle to put food on the table. Here is one story of a person helped by a Walk agency:
A distraught mother called the Minnesota Food HelpLine in need of food help for her family. Her young daughter was just diagnosed with Leukemia, forcing her to leave her job in order to care for her. Her husband's income is now the only income the family has to live on. She was screened for SNAP, explained how the program would work, how to apply, and was sent an application. The mother's call to the HelpLine ended on a thankful note; thankful that some help is available during their families time of unexpected need.
Last year, the number of senior citizens calling the Minnesota Food HelpLine doubled.
In 2012, Twin Cities meal programs served more than two million meals to people in need throughout the nine-county metro area. Meal programs serve people in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, but also in suburbs like Shakopee and Coon Rapids.
In the last decade, senior citizens and working families increasingly visited Twin Cities metro area food shelves. High housing costs, prescription drug costs and unemployment are cited by these populations as reasons for increased reliance on emergency food sources.