ST. CLOUD -- The United Way of Central Minnesota announced more than $2 million dollars in major funding changes this morning (Monday).

The organization requested nearly four million dollars to invest in programs they say tackle some of the community's biggest challenges.

About $800,000 will go to educational programs like Quality Out Of School Time, or Early Learning and Early Literacy.

The remaining money will go to programs that fight homelessness, hunger and give people greater access to financial stability.

Vice president of Community Impact, Betty Schnettler says they hope to fund these programs for the next two years.

The United Way will also be adding 16 more programs to keep up with their growing demands. They will be adding food shelves in Foley, Belgrade, Brooten and Elrosa.