Food shelves in Minnesota were busy throughout 2021, reaching more 3.6 million visits last year. That’s according to data from Hunger Solutions Minnesota and the Department of Human Services. Hunger Solutions’ Colleen Moriarty…

“The government supports that were put in place for people before COVID really worked, it kept people from cascading into poverty and it kept people having enough resources to get the kind of food they needed.”

Moriarty says adults made up 51-percent of all visits and children accounted for 35-percent. Adults aged 60-plus made 14-percent of the total visits. Overall, total food shelf visits in 2021 were down five percent from a record 3.8 million visits made in 2020.