Food shelf use has leveled off since the height of the COVID-19 pandemic but food advocated remain guarded:

“I think the best thing to be is cautiously optimistic that when the supports are removed that the people will have been able to recover enough. Otherwise, if you have the supports and other things removed too quickly then we might find ourselves in a position where the need just rises exponentially again.”

Colleen Moriarity with Hunger Solutions Minnesota is referring to rent assistance, the 300 dollars weekly unemployment benefit, and increased SNAP benefits.