Food Access Overview
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) provides assistance and support for many programs
related to creating healthy and equitable food access. We work with clients interesting in obtaining for
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by assisting in the application process. We
administer the SNAP EBT program at four local farmers markets (Hibbing, Tower, Virginia, and Cook).
AEOA also provides a variety of services to seniors in our surrounding area.
AEOA and the Rutabaga Project have created the Northeast Minnesota Food Access Guide, which has
information on area food shelf hours and locations, grocery financial assistance programs, free meals,
and food prep resources. Heather Mahoney at (218) 404-8466 with any questions or updates to the
In 2013, AEOA and Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability (IRPS) began discussing how to make
healthy, local food accessible to everyone in Minnesota’s Iron Range. Through collaborative efforts, the
Rutabaga Project was born in December 2015. The Rutabaga Project listened to the needs of community
members in Virginia, MN to create a greater accessibility to healthy, local food.
Some projects include SNAP/EBT access and match at four farmers markets, Power of Produce Club at
three farmers markets, DIY Meal Kits at two local grocery stores, Garden-in-a-Box sites across Virginia,
Growing Together Community Gardens at five sites, CSA Shares to seniors and more!
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