Not only is the face of hunger changing in Minnesota, so are the food shelves. Some have evolved into full-fledged social service organizations.
More of Minnesota's school-aged children are living in or near poverty, according to new data from the Minnesota Department of Education.
The plea could come at the grocery store, at church, or in your company e-mail, but chances are, someone is going to ask you to donate to a food shelf this month. March is the month for the Minnesota FoodShare campaign, a statewide food drive that is an important time for food shelves.
State officials say only one in four Minnesota seniors eligible for the federally funded Food Support program is actually enrolled, and efforts are underway to convince more older Minnesotans to apply.
Although it's only February, the Minnesota Department of Education has put out a call for non-profits, schools, and faith-based organizations to sponsor the federally-funded Summer Food Service Program.
A new report from the Minnesota Department of Human Services shows that in January more than 478,000 Minnesotans received food stamps, known in Minnesota as Food Support.
At Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, some families are walking out the door with more than just prescriptions and doctors' orders -- they're leaving with bags of food. Nearly one- third of families visiting the pediatric clinic at HCMC struggle with hunger. A doctor there is so concerned about how hunger is affecting her patients' health, she began one of the nation's first hospital-based food shelves.
A Minnesota researcher says new dietary recommendations from the federal government could be hard for some low-income families to follow.
Backpack programs are springing up in some parts of Minnesota to help feed hungry kids. These programs send those students home with backpacks filled with food for the weekend. Some kids, especially those who rely on school lunch during the week, have a hard time getting enough to eat when they're away from school.
School lunches would get healthier under new rules proposed Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The changes include cuts in sodium, a cap on the number of calories per meal, and more whole grains.
At least one in 10 Minnesotans struggles with hunger. You might imagine hunger as a child with a bloated belly in Africa, or malnourished people living in Appalachia in the 1960s. But that's not what hunger looks like in Minnesota today.
Gov.-elect Mark Dayton said hunger is a critical problem in the state at a fundraiser Tuesday for food shelves in northeastern Minnesota.
The number of visits to food shelves is up by two-thirds in Minnesota compared to two years ago, and in the Twin Cities, the number is almost doubled. Many of those new visitors used to be donors.
Numbers from the advocacy group Hunger Solutions show visits to emergency food shelves are up about 11 percent in the first part of this year, over the same period last year.
Tiara Bellaphant, who graduated from St. Paul Central High School this week, made it all the way through the Destination 2010 scholarship program. As part of our Youth Radio series, she explains what it was like to be part of the experiment.