Michelle Bruch

Minnesota FoodShare launches food drive as benefit cuts take effect


The state's largest food drive is underway.

"Every year we're trying to raise at least 50 percent of what will be distributed through the next year," said Suzanne Shatila, Minnesota FoodShare director.

Minnesota FoodShare reports that in 2012, one out of 10 Minnesotans received federal food assistance, a third of them children. Food stamps, food shelves and subsidized school lunches all saw record use in 2012.

"Even though we're hearing that the economy is improving, it hasn't touched a lot of the people using food shelves," Shatila said.


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