Food stamps, food shelves and subsidized school lunches all grew to new highs in Minnesota in 2012, but the pace slowed from previous years.
A coalition of nonprofits and corporations fighting hunger in Minnesota says it has contributed more than 36 million meals to those in need since its launch in 2011.
The holiday break beginning tomorrow can be a hungry time for some Minnesota families that rely on free school lunch to keep their children fed.
The Department of Agriculture reports food stamp recipients redeemed almost $150,000 from Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012 at the state's farmers markets and with direct marketing farmers -- such as those at roadside stands.
The Salvation Army holiday fundraising campaign is on track to meet its goal. The nonprofit has raised about $4 million in the Twin Cities metro area and hopes to reach $9.8 million by the end of December. About half of that money has been donated in the Salvation Army's traditional red kettles.
Currently, it's legal to buy pop, chips, and cookies using food stamps, as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. But increasingly, public health experts concerned about obesity are raising questions about that policy.
Food shelves in northern Minnesota will benefit from an event Tuesday evening hosted by Minnesota's incoming Senate Majority Leader, Tom Bakk.
More than 2,000 Minnesotans are expected to start their Thanksgiving morning by raising awareness and money to help fight hunger in the state.
For most Americans, Thanksgiving is a time of plenty. But for low-income Minnesotans who worry about putting food on the table, the holiday can be stressful.
Created in 1981 in a broom closet at a local church, the Princeton Pantry serves about 250 families a month. The modest food shelf had its busiest day ever on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, providing food for 31 families in three hours. Staffed with just two part-time employees, the pantry stays afloat with the help of more than 25 volunteers and many small donors.
A group of faith leaders in Minnesota plans to raise awareness about hunger this week by taking a "food stamp challenge."
The Salvation Army kicks off its holiday fundraising drive in the Twin Cities this weekend.
A television program designed to help low-income Minnesotans eat well and be physically active kicks off Sunday night.
A new study shows many Minnesota high schools offer unhealthy snacks in vending machines or snack bars.
Former U.S. Sen. George McGovern, who died Sunday, was a tireless advocate for the hungry. Even as a child during the Great Depression, his family provided food to young men in need.