Across-the-board budget cuts were set to take effect Friday without a deal in Washington. The cuts will hit everything from national parks to air traffic, including the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. The program provides benefits to about 125,000 low-income people in Minnesota. But the consequences may be less dire than some in Washington have predicted.
Senior meal programs in Minnesota would take a hit if President Barack Obama and Congress fail to reach a deal to avert automatic across-the-board spending cuts by Friday.
A coalition of community and faith-based groups is asking the state Legislature to help fight youth homelessness. A proposal would provide $8 million to help homeless youth across Minnesota.
Hunger relief advocates want the state Legislature to increase funding for food shelves.
Hennepin County has a five-year, $40 million project to decentralize social services. County officials say the plan for six regional service hubs will make it easier for county residents to seek help with food, money, or health care. The first hub, in Brooklyn Center, has been open for four months.
A new cooking program beginning this week aims to improve the health of Native American families in the Twin Cities metro area.
Schoolchildren in Duluth who have trouble getting enough to eat over the weekend will get some help from a new backpack program.
Hunger relief groups want the state Legislature to expand free lunch at school so that students currently eligible for reduced-price lunch can eat free. This would cost the state around $4 million. Lawmakers and advocates pushing the proposal say it would ensure that low-income kids get the nutrition they need and aren't turned away at the lunch counter when they can't pay. But critics of the proposal say parents who could pay a little, should.
A series of workshops across the state will encourage more locally grown food in Minnesota schools and cafeterias. The eight workshops begin Monday and run through April.
All over Minnesota on Thursday, communities were counting the number of people who are homeless. The annual one-day count is required by the federal government.
In Minnesota, leaders of the SNAP-ed program are scrambling to figure out how to absorb cuts instituted in the fiscal cliff deal. They say nutrition educators will reach fewer people, in fewer places.
More of Minnesota's elderly residents are signing up for food stamps. In 2012, the number of elderly on Minnesota's food stamp rolls jumped by more than 2,500 people.
Firefighters found the body of a Shoreview woman in her burning home Monday morning.
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.