Recent findings from the Annie E. Casey Foundation reveal the hardship faced by Minnesota families during the COVID pandemic. A recent survey from the foundation revealed 8 percent of respondents were concernd about food insecurity.
How many Minnesota children should be served through Federal Nutrition Programs? 628,852, based on numbers released in December 2020.
Since the COVID pandemic began, that’s an increase of 26 percent over a baseline of 500,000.
Below is a comparison of at-risk meals between May 2019 and May 2020. It includes meals for School Nutrition Program, the Summer Food Service Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Population: Infant & 1 to 4 from the Minnesota Department of Health; Ages 5 to 18 from Minnesota Department of Education
Medicaid Financed: Minnesota Department of Human Services CMS-416 data adjusted for 9.9% unemployment rate May 2020.
Free & Reduced: Minnesota Department of Education adjusted for 9.9% unemployment rate for May 2020
Minnesota Unemployment Rate (May 2020) 9.9% MN Department of Employment & Economic Development. Sept, 2, 2020