Minnesota has experienced dramatic changes in food security since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, with food insecurity surging by as much as 40%. This unprecedented volatility makes it critical to plan future food support efforts using the best available data and analytics to anticipate the extent and geography of unmet food needs across the state.
This dashboard is Minnesota’s first predictive food security platform, and it models estimated future food insecurity rates (the % of the population that is food insecure) down to the county and census tract levels. Users can explore how the estimated food insecurity rate is expected to change quarterly through 2023 based on state and federal data. We encourage all interested parties to use this dashboard and hope that it will enable greater transparency and more robust planning in the ongoing effort to ensure food security for all Minnesotans.
This platform was initiated by the State of Minnesota, the MBOLD coalition (an initiative of the GREATER MSP Partnership), and the University of Minnesota and is managed by the University’s Healthy Food, Healthy Lives Institute and the Institute on the Environment. The University welcomes your input as we work to continually improve this tool.
EXPLORE THE FOOD SECURITY DASHBOARD