The Star Tribune quoted VEAP Basic Needs Associate Director Paul Jacobson in an article about increased usage of food shelves in Minnesota.
Minnesotans visited food shelves a record 3.4 million times in 2017, more often than even during the recession.
That’s an 11 percent jump in adult usage in the past five years, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Human Services analyzed by the nonprofit Hunger Solutions. Visits by seniors saw the steepest increases, jumping nearly 40 percent in that period.
Food shelf mangers couldn’t point to one specific cause for the increased visits, but said the record-breaking year shows that many people have been left behind even as the economy grows.
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