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Fact: most "food stamp" recipients are working

Hunger Solutions Minnesota

There's good news and bad news when it comes to fighting hunger in Minnesota.

There are a lot of innovative ideas going around to help SNAP* participants get the most for their money - sometimes twice as much. Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) in Virginia is making meal kits with recipes using SNAP-eligible ingredients.  And almost a hundred farmers markets around the state match SNAP dollars to enable folks to buy twice as much fresh produce.

But the myths persist about people living the high life on food assistance, and Hunger Solutions Minnesota's executive director says that makes it even harder for people to ask for the benefits they've paid into all their lives.

*The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) replaced food stamps in 2008.

"Shame on you if you believe you deserve something more than they do"

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.