Julie Siple Feature Archive

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children is operating normally in Minnesota, but Minnesota Department of Health officials are not sure how long that will continue. (10/01/2013)
Under a federal waiver, 41,000 Minnesotans have been able to receive food stamps without a time limit due to the recession. But the state's unemployment rate has improved, so the waiver is ending next week. (09/28/2013)
More than a million pounds of Minnesota sweet corn is expected to feed hungry people across the nation this fall, the result of an effort by hunger relief groups and food companies to capture corn that would otherwise go to waste. (09/26/2013)
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show Minnesota is one of only two states in which the percentage of people in poverty fell in between 2011 and 2012. But child poverty remains stubbornly high, with 14.6 percent of Minnesota children living below the poverty level. (09/19/2013)
State demographer Susan Brower says she isn't sure why the child poverty level won't budge, even as the economy turns around. But she has a couple of possible explanations. (09/19/2013)
The author of a new report showing Minnesota's senior hunger problem is well below the national average of 15 percent said it is still enough to be worrisome. (09/08/2013)
A non-profit group has begun harvesting surplus fruit to fill metro food shelves. The operation runs through October. (09/07/2013)
A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says about one in 10 Minnesota households doesn't have access to enough food for healthy living. (09/05/2013)
High temperatures and humidity this week have forced some schools to close, and kept visitors away from the State Fair. For many Minnesotans, it's been a week to stay home and take refuge in air conditioning. (08/29/2013)
U.S. Senator Al Franken is raising concerns about the effect of sequestration on Minnesota seniors. (08/27/2013)
A new kind of food truck is driving around the Twin Cities. These trucks aren't serving gourmet fare. Instead, they're packed with canned goods and produce -- free food for people who struggle to afford enough on their own. A growing number of food shelves in Minnesota have launched mobile pantries to take food directly to those who need it. (08/23/2013)
While the state's economy is improving, the need for hunger-related help remains high, a new report shows. (08/14/2013)
Ninety-seven percent of Minnesota counties have a shortage of affordable rental housing, according to a new report from the Minnesota Housing Partnership. (08/13/2013)
The Seward Co-op in Minneapolis has announced plans to open a second store in the Bryant neighborhood. Opinions in the neighborhood about the co-op proposal vary. Some people are thrilled that it might locate nearby, but others worry that some residents would not be able to afford to shop in a co-op. (08/12/2013)
The state Department of Human Services has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Emergency Foodshelf Network, so that it can expand its mobile program. (08/08/2013)