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How hard did Minnesotans get hit by the great recession of 2008-2009?

Just look at the amount of food provided to Minnesota through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's TEFAP food assistance program to food pantries and soup kitchens: In fiscal year 2008 Minnesota received $2.9 million in hamburger, canned fruit, and a whole grocery list of other foodstuffs provided by the USDA.


That nearly tripled to $8.3 million the following year, as mass layoffs rocked the state.

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