Statistics indicate that about 10 percent of Minnesota households are in a financial position to not be able to afford food all of the time.
An organization called the USDA National Hunger Clearinghouse has instituted a toll-free hotline allowing individuals (including children) to call and be connected with food resources, fast. The number, and how it works:
1. The hotline can be reached at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish) from Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET).
2. The National Hunger Hotline staff connects callers with emergency food providers in their community, government assistance, nutritional assistance programs, and various services that promote self-sufficiency.
3. During summer months, the hotline provides information about meal sites where children 18 years old and under can get free, nutritious meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program.
4. The hotline is designed to remove daunting barriers to hunger resources and allow people in need to get help fast.
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