Julie Siple Feature Archive

A coalition launched today called Hunger-Free Minnesota sees how hunger affects more than just the people who aren't getting enough to eat, so it sets a goal to make sure everyone in the state has enough to eat by 2014. (06/07/2011)
The neighborhood's NorthPoint Community Food shelf has seen a twofold increase in people coming for help since the tornado. The Salvation Army reports it's given out more than 40,000 pounds of food to people in the area. (05/28/2011)
Meals on Wheels has resumed delivering hot food in north Minneapolis for the first time since Sunday's tornado. (05/25/2011)
The Great Trays Partnership provides training and equipment to help schools improve their menus with fresh, nutritious food. The goal is to increase the fruits, vegetables and whole grains, while limiting fats and sodium. (05/24/2011)
North Minneapolis residents are beginning to slowly clean up after Sunday's storm that was responsible for two deaths, dozens of injuries and at least $166 million in damages. Hundreds of people were left homeless by the storm. A Monday barbeque was part of the healing process. (05/24/2011)
A federal grand jury has indicted the owner of a small market in St. Paul with trafficking approximately $3 million in food stamps. Khaffak Sahib Ansari was charged with three counts of food stamp fraud in connection with the crime. (05/18/2011)
In Minnesota alone, we throw out more than 715 million pounds of food each year. Hunger relief organizations are increasing their efforts to save the pportion of that food that's edible -- and get it to hungry Minnesotans. (05/16/2011)
U.S. postal workers will collect non-perishable food Saturday as part of an effort to fight hunger. (05/13/2011)
In families that struggle with hunger, some mothers go to great lengths to make sure their children get enough food. As part of our reporting on hunger in Minnesota, we talked with several of them. (05/06/2011)
The Minnesota Department of Human Services says 13 of the state's roughly 140 farmers markets have committed to accept food stamps, but officials expect that number will eventually reach into the dozens. (05/03/2011)
The number of homeless Minnesotans has jumped over the past few years. Some people end up in shelters where they get three meals a day. But the nutrition at shelters and meal programs varies widely. Now a new group in Ramsey County is working to make sure people get not only enough calories -- but good nutrition, too. (04/28/2011)
A 60-foot truck with a picture of Gov. Mark Dayton and a Depression-era soup line is traveling around the state -- to the chagrin of people who combat hunger and poverty in Minnesota. (04/20/2011)
Thousands of Minnesota students are probably going to be paying more for school lunch next year. School districts are considering raising prices, in part because of a new federal law that essentially requires them to do so. (04/05/2011)
A study released this week by the hunger relief organization Feeding America offers a new way to understand hunger in our state. (03/25/2011)
Not only is the face of hunger changing in Minnesota, so are the food shelves. Some have evolved into full-fledged social service organizations. (03/18/2011)