Cities in Action: Creating Partnerships for Emergency Food Distributions

Problem: The economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the limited access to grocery stores, public transit interruptions, and the civil unrest in the Twin Cities combined to increase food insecurity for residents.

Solution: Through accessing Federal pandemic support resources such as the CARES Act and acting in partnership with stakeholders skilled in managing food distribution, Saint Paul greatly expanded its emergency food distribution capacity.

Outcome: Meal distribution increased by nearly 800% serving over one million meals to residents and continuing as the pandemic eased during the first half of 2021.

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