Julie Siple Feature Archive

Faculty, staff and students at Inver Hills Community College have a new apple orchard, but fighting hunger is just one of the goals. (10/06/2012)
Hunger relief groups have ramped up efforts to put surplus produce on the plates of hungry Minnesotans -- and they wish they could make it last into the winter. "I feel like there's an opportunity missed," said Cathy Maes of a Minnetonka food shelf. (10/05/2012)
Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan told a Friday afternoon news conference that the gunman in Thursday's attack was 36-year-old Andrew J. Engeldinger of Minneapolis. (09/28/2012)
Thousands of pounds of sweet corn that would otherwise have gone to waste landed on the plates of low-income families this fall. (09/25/2012)
The federal government is cracking down on illegal food stamp trafficking -- the sale of benefits for cash. While the fraud is relatively rare, it adds up to hundreds of millions of dollars nationally every year. With new data tools and penalties available to better catch and punish offenders, federal authorities are asking states to help. But Minnesota officials say it takes a lot of resources to catch very little fraud. (09/24/2012)
One of several welfare reform measures passed by the Minnesota Legislature takes effect on Sunday. The name of the head of household must now be printed on the plastic cards that carry food stamp benefits. (09/16/2012)
More than 500,000 Minnesotans are on food stamps, almost double 2006 numbers, according to an annual report from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Children represented the fastest growing group in the report. (09/10/2012)
Authorities suspect arson caused a fire Sunday at the Renville County Food Shelf in Olivia, Minn. The food shelf is closed until further notice. (09/10/2012)
A report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows about one in ten Minnesota households lacks access to enough food for a healthy lifestyle. (09/05/2012)
Millions of pounds of that produce go to waste in Minnesota each year. Hunger relief organizations are stepping up their efforts to capture it -- and get it on the plates of those who need it. (09/04/2012)
More than 30 farmers markets in Minnesota now accept food stamps, and that number could grow with help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (08/22/2012)
More than 520,000 Minnesotans now receive food stamps. The numbers have soared across the country since the economic downturn. Some of the new names on the food stamp rolls are people you might not expect: recent college graduates. (08/20/2012)
A new new law turns Minnesota prisoners into gardeners. Inmates will grow fruits and vegetables, and donate what they don't eat to local food shelves. The gardens will be modeled after one that already exists at the Red Wing correctional facility. (07/31/2012)
Volunteers begin canvassing the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth on Sunday to find out how make healthy food more accessible. (07/29/2012)
The drought that grips half of the United States could drive up food prices next year. (07/26/2012)