Julie Siple

Julie Siple

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
jsiple@mpr.org


Julie Siple is a reporter covering hunger and related issues for MPR News. Previously, she produced MPR's Midday and Morning Edition and was a founding producer of In The Loop. She also reported from Germany on fellowships from the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Arthur F. Burns Foundation. In Berlin, she covered immigrants, mosques and music for Deutsche Welle, Die Tageszeitung, and The World. Before joining MPR, Julie wrote for a Chicago education magazine, counseled juvenile offenders and analyzed religious healing rituals on three continents, thanks to a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. She studied Arabic in Morocco, Malayalam in India and Swahili in Tanzania. She remembers hardly a word and blames the anti-malarial meds.

Julie Siple Feature Archive

Virgil Anderson
St. Paul's Dorothy Day Center was founded in 1981 and was never meant to be a place where people sleep. Now, up to 250 people cram into that building at night. But change may be coming. The city is proposing a new homeless facility with better services in a new part of the city. (12/20/2013)
Prepping salads
Open Arms of Minnesota provides fresh-cooked meals -- and a lifeline -- to Minnesotans with life-threatening illnesses, especially at the holidays. (11/27/2013)
Volunteers pack up pumpkin pies.
Hunger relief groups have been working for weeks to make sure all Minnesotans have a meal on Thanksgiving. Altogether, they'll provide thousands of meals - some at homeless shelters or other charitable organizations, some delivered right to family homes. (11/27/2013)
A program to help low-income Minnesotans eat healthier will soon shrink when the University of Minnesota Extension nutrition education program is cut back by 40 percent. (11/18/2013)
The growth is part of a national trend aimed at making fresh, healthy food more accessible to the millions of people on food assistance. Nearly 60 farmers markets in Minnesota now accept food stamps. (11/17/2013)
Minnesota's deer hunters can once again donate their kill to food shelves around the state. (11/16/2013)
When they step into the voting booth, Minneapolis voters will choose among 35 candidates for mayor. On the ballot, each of those candidates will be listed three times, so voters can pick their first, second, and third choice. Are voters ready to cast their ballots? (11/04/2013)
A temporary boost to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program passed by Congress as part of the 2009 economic stimulus package expires Friday, forcing some low-income Minnesotans to look for ways to fill the gap. (11/01/2013)
In the 2009 stimulus, Congress increased the amount of money each household gets in food stamps. The temporary hike was intended to help those affected by the economic downturn. That hike expires Friday, Nov. 1. (10/27/2013)
Squash, cucumbers and tomatoes grown right here in Minnesota are winding up on the plates of Minnesota schoolchildren more often. But preparing food for students that comes right from the farm isn't as easy as you might think (10/24/2013)
Klobuchar is one of three Minnesotans on a legislative committee that will hash out differences between the House and Senate versions of the five-year farm bill. Democratic representatives Collin Peterson and Tim Walz also sit on the panel. (10/18/2013)
Fruits of the City is part of a growing effort in Minnesota to collect excess crops that would otherwise rot in the fields or wind up in a compost bin. Increasingly, food banks pick up surplus vegetables at farmers markets and local gardeners donate their extra tomatoes or green beans. (10/17/2013)
The project is part of a 13-acre park planned for the Frogtown area. It's been in the works since the Wilder Foundation decided to sell the land. (10/12/2013)
Currently, only 40 percent of students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch eat breakfast at school. (10/09/2013)
There's enough federal support to operate The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children for several more weeks, state officials said. Initially, they worried the program would face trouble in just a few days. (10/02/2013)