City of Minneapolis COVID-19 e-newsletter. The City of Minneapolis sends out a formal COVID-19 e-newsletter every week. Please visit the City’s COVID-19 website to sign up. Past editions are also available to review here.
Food and financial assistance available. The Minnesota Department of Human Services has temporarily modified procedures to make it easier for people to get, keep and use essential programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which offers monthly food benefits. Information about SNAP and other hunger resources is collected on the department’s new food emergency webpage. People who use SNAP and don’t want to leave their homes to get food can authorize a trusted relative, friend or neighbor to pick up and deliver groceries using their electronic benefits card. They must contact their county or tribal financial worker to make the authorization. Minnesotans can fill out an application for SNAP online at ApplyMN.dhs.mn.gov. For help applying or additional food resources, contact the Food Helpline at 1-888-711-1151 or visit Hunger Solutions.
E-SNAP.The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act allows Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households that are not currently receiving the maximum benefit to receive additional SNAP benefits through a new, short-term program called Emergency SNAP, or E-SNAP. The Minnesota Department of Human Services will begin issuing the emergency supplements to qualifying households on April 28 and will continue throughout May on a staggered basis. People who qualify don’t have to take any action. Instead, the supplemental aid will be added to their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. Submit an application for SNAP online at ApplyMN.dhs.mn.gov. For help applying or additional food resources, contact the Food Helpline at 1-888-711-1151 or visit Hunger Solutions.
TikTok video contest for youth. The City of MinneapolisOffice of Violence Prevention in partnership with C.E.O. launched a tiktok competition for youth to create videos with COVID-19 facts in a way that’s relevant to them. Winners receive $50 gift cards. Instructions and details available at: https://vm.tiktok.com/7hAB8h/. Submissions due Friday, May 1.
City of Minneapolis makes additional changes to transportation network in response to pandemic. The City of Minneapolis is making additional updates to the public right-of-way in response to COVID-19, including adding more space for active recreation on streets and reducing the need for pedestrian push buttons at intersections. Starting April 29, the City will implement 11 miles of Stay Healthy Streets routes to support more space for walking, biking and rolling while physical distancing. Three separate loop routes will mostly follow local residential streets. These local streets will generally be closed to thru traffic and calmed to allow for people to safely walk, bike, or roll in the street. Car access for residents will be retained. Additional details on Stay Healthy Streets are available on the City’s website.
Minneapolis parks remain open but many amenities being modified or closed. Minneapolis park visitors have continued to congregate despite efforts to educate and encourage safe physical distancing. As a result, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) announced it is modifying or closing more of its amenities for the health and safety of park visitors and the community. The following modifications and closures are expected to be complete by May 1: playgrounds, skate parks and athletic fields will be closed; tennis court nets removed; basketball court rims blocked or removed; volleyball nets will remain down and trail users need to remain 6 feet apart. As the weather warms, signage will soon be added at picnic areas to limit gatherings to 10 people or less and signage will be added to disc golf areas with physical distancing guidelines, similar to new guidelines at MPRB golf courses. Learn more about the changes.