Using authority the Minnesota Legislature granted in a bipartisan bill, Governor Tim Walz and the heads of the state Health Department and Human Services Department have signed a joint disaster declaration, part of an effort to continue emergency funding for the SNAP, or Food Stamp, program.

The governor’s office says the declaration will be submitted to the federal government along with the state’s application for emergency SNAP funding.  They expect the U-S-D-A will approve an agreement that preserves 45 million dollars per month for Minnesotans who need help buying groceries, even though the state’s COVID peacetime emergency officially ended July 1st.  The governor says, “we are committed to ensuring our neighbors are able to continue putting food on the table for their families” as Minnesota continues recovering from COVID