• In some rural counties, hunger is rising, but food donations aren't
    Pantries in southwest Virginia -- where poverty is rampant and coal jobs are vanishing -- will take whatever they can get to stock bare shelves. Some also offer help with health care and job training.May 23, 2017
  • Kids who suffer hunger in first years lag behind their peers in school
    When infants and young kids grow up in homes without enough to eat, they're more likely to perform poorly in kindergarten, a study shows. The younger they experienced hunger, the stronger the effect.March 24, 2017
  • Gulf between richest and poorest wider than previously thought, Oxfam says
    Last year, Oxfam said the world's richest 62 people had as much money as the poorest 3.6 billion. Turns out those numbers were wrong: The richest nine people had as much wealth as half the planet.January 18, 2017
  • Closing the rural, urban poverty gap
    What can be done to help rural Minnesotans who are feeling an economic burden not felt in metropolitan areas?January 18, 2017
  • Aspen Ideas Festival: 'Generation Unbound'
    The rate of parents having babies out of wedlock is growing, especially for those who don't have access to quality birth control.July 15, 2015
  • Pope's missive on environment, poverty could affect habits of millions
    He has said he believes global warming is a moral, and man-made, issue -- angering climate change skeptics.June 16, 2015
  • Dorothy Day Center's time may be up; new homeless facility, new location proposed
    St. Paul's Dorothy Day Center was founded in 1981 and was never meant to be a place where people sleep. Now, up to 250 people cram into that building at night. But change may be coming. The city is proposing a new homeless facility with better services in a new part of the city.December 20, 2013
  • Ellison: Pope's message on capitalism's evils will 'change the debate'
    Ellison said he thinks the pope's decision to put the issue of poverty front and center could have significant implications in the effort to improve conditions for the poor.November 29, 2013
  • Open Arms provides Thanksgiving meals at home
    Hunger relief groups have been working for weeks to make sure all Minnesotans have a meal on Thanksgiving. Altogether, they'll provide thousands of meals - some at homeless shelters or other charitable organizations, some delivered right to family homes.November 27, 2013
  • Food stamp benefits about to decline
    In the 2009 stimulus, Congress increased the amount of money each household gets in food stamps. The temporary hike was intended to help those affected by the economic downturn. That hike expires Friday, Nov. 1.October 27, 2013
  • Minn. 'hunger count' high despite better economy
    A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says about one in 10 Minnesota households doesn't have access to enough food for healthy living.September 5, 2013
  • Traveling food pantries serve a growing need
    A new kind of food truck is driving around the Twin Cities. These trucks aren't serving gourmet fare. Instead, they're packed with canned goods and produce -- free food for people who struggle to afford enough on their own. A growing number of food shelves in Minnesota have launched mobile pantries to take food directly to those who need it.August 23, 2013
  • AP Exclusive: 4 in 5 in US face near-poverty, no work
    Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.July 28, 2013
  • Minn. funding for food shelves increases 30%
    The legislative session that ended last week brought more help for food shelves. Lawmakers approved an additional $750,000 for the state's food shelves per biennium, a 30 percent increase over current funding levels.May 26, 2013
  • Report: Suburban poverty doubles in metro
    The number of suburban Twin Cities residents living in poverty has more than doubled over the last decade, according to a new report. Data analyzed by the Brookings Institution show there are 115,000 more poor people living in the Twin Cities suburbs than there were 10 years ago.May 20, 2013

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