Dayton: Hunger remains critical problem in Minn.

Gov.-elect Mark Dayton said hunger is a critical problem in the state at a fundraiser Tuesday for food shelves in northeastern Minnesota.

"One out of every ten Minnesotans uses a food shelf. And in this day and age, in our state, that's a terrible commentary on our economic crisis and our social crisis," Dayton said.

Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, organized the St. Paul fundraiser which included an appearance by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Organizers expected to raise more than $50,000

"My No. 1 priority is to put people back to work all over MN, and improve people's standard of living so that the food shelves will be a last resort, and not needed by so many people," Dayton said.

Dayton also said he's emphasized the need to raise taxes on the best-off Minnesotans so that the state can take care of the its least fortunate.

Your support matters.

You make MPR News possible. Individual donations are behind the clarity in coverage from our reporters across the state, stories that connect us, and conversations that provide perspectives. Help ensure MPR remains a resource that brings Minnesotans together.