Julie Siple Feature Archive

A survey recently found nearly 80 percent of low- and moderate-income families cook evening meals at least five times a week. Two-thirds said they want to learn more about making healthy food. Cooking education programs in Minnesota are ramping up to meet that demand. (02/27/2012)
A new statewide outreach campaigns to enroll more Minnesotans in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, encouraging those who qualify for government food aid to apply for it. (02/23/2012)
Federal nutrition officials Tuesday called on schools and non-profit organizations all over the country to help feed low-income children this summer. (02/21/2012)
The challenge of buying enough healthy food is complicated by distance. Thousands of people live in communities without a grocery store — leaving them to pay more, in time and money. (02/14/2012)
A new statewide marketing campaign will encourage more Minnesotans to sign up for food stamps. (02/03/2012)
The picture of hunger in America is changing. In the past, hunger may have conjured up images of gaunt faces or rail-thin children. Today, some people who struggle to feed their families are actually obese. (01/27/2012)
About 2,000 community and business leaders gathered Monday morning at the Minneapolis Convention Center to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Human rights activist Naomi Tutu, the daughter of Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, spoke at the breakfast and called on the crowd to finish the work still undone. (01/16/2012)
Community and business leaders gathered in Minneapolis Monday morning to honor Martin Luther King Jr. (01/16/2012)
On Tuesday, state Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson announced that Minnesota will change the name of its food aid program to align with the federal name: SNAP. (01/11/2012)
Minnesota's lieutenant governor today announced a new coalition to ensure all Minnesotans have access to healthy food. (01/10/2012)
The number of Minnesotans who sought help to feed themselves and their families hit record levels in 2011. But there are signs the big spikes of recent years could be slowing. (12/30/2011)
Marlys Haugen considers herself more of a giver than a taker. At age 73, she is not looking for charity. A new option for grocery shopping saves her money without taking a handout. (12/23/2011)
Minnesotans responded generously after the theft of 1,500 pounds of food from a Minneapolis food shelf. (12/20/2011)
It's an important time of the year for the state's food shelves, which bring in a large percentage of their resources at the end of the year. But food shelves hope donors know that a cash donation might help the hungry more than the cans of soup in the back of their cupboard. (12/19/2011)
Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk highlighted the issue of hunger Tuesday at a fundraiser for Arrowhead food shelves. (12/06/2011)