Raising awareness about food assistance

Kevin Winge
Kevin Winge is executive director of Open Arms of Minnesota. A nonprofit that delivers meals to people living with potentially life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. To raise awareness about the issue of food insecurity this week, Winge is living on the amount of money an individual receives in what used to be known as food stamps.
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Thanksgiving, like no other holiday, is a celebration of food. And in most homes, there will be lots of it piled on tables on Thursday.

But, many Minnesotans rely on food stamps and a trip to the food shelf to keep from going hungry. State officials said earlier this year, some 400,000 Minnesotans were receiving food support each month.

To raise awareness about the issue of food insecurity, this week a Minneapolis man is living on the amount of money an individual receives in what used to be known as food stamps. It's now called SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Kevin Winge is also executive director of Open Arms of Minnesota.

A nonprofit that delivers meals to people living with potentially life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. Winge joined All Things Considered host Steven John in the studio.

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