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Poverty

  • USDA: More food stamps used at farmers markets in 2012
    The Department of Agriculture reports food stamp recipients redeemed almost $150,000 from Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012 at the state's farmers markets and with direct marketing farmers -- such as those at roadside stands.December 18, 2012
  • New Census poverty data show rates leveling off
    New information about poverty from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the economic recovery in Minnesota might be ahead of the rest of the nation. While poverty rates in the state have increased significantly since 2007, the most recent Minnesota data show poverty rates have leveled off.December 13, 2012
  • Food baskets reduce Thanksgiving stress for poor
    For most Americans, Thanksgiving is a time of plenty. But for low-income Minnesotans who worry about putting food on the table, the holiday can be stressful.November 21, 2012
  • More MN farmers markets accepting EBT
    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.August 22, 2012
  • Proposed food stamp cuts could push Minnesotans off the program
    The $500 billion farm bill making its way through Congress concerns those who work with hungry Minnesotans.July 13, 2012
  • More Minn. children living in poverty
    A new report by the Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota shows more children are living in poverty. In 2000, roughly 110,000 children statewide lived at or below the poverty line. In 2010, that number was up to nearly 200,000.May 31, 2012
  • Tax credits help ease White Earth reservation housing crunch
    A program that gives federal tax credits to investors who build homes on the White Earth Indian Reservation will make a small but important dent in the chronic housing shortage there.April 3, 2012
  • Minnesota campaign aims to expand food stamp rolls
    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.February 23, 2012
  • Somalia's famine is over, but millions still need food aid
    The U.N. says the number of people in need of emergency assistance in Somalia has dropped since last year -- but the situation is still extremely dire.February 3, 2012
  • Record number of Minnesotans seek food help in 2011
    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.December 30, 2011
  • Gov. Dayton at fundraiser for Arrowhead food shelves
    Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL Senate Minority Leader Tom Bakk highlighted the issue of hunger Tuesday at a fundraiser for Arrowhead food shelves.December 6, 2011
  • Healthy diets necessary for fighting HIV
    About 6,800 people in Minnesota live with HIV or AIDS. Many of them also are poor, which makes it difficult to maintain healthy diets necessary for fighting the disease.December 1, 2011
  • Cargill makes record donation to fight hunger in Kenya
    Twin Cities-based Cargill has donated more than 22 million pounds of rice to help fight hunger and malnutrition in northeastern Kenya.November 29, 2011
  • Tough times challenge efforts to feed the hungry on Thanksgiving
    For some Minnesotans, putting a Thanksgiving meal on the table is a challenge. Communities and hunger relief organizations have been working for weeks to make sure everyone gets a meal, but higher food prices are making it harder.November 23, 2011
  • US farms and global hunger
    We've recently been hearing stories of the starving families in the horn of Africa and hungry children in the Twin Cities suburbs. Midmorning examines why hunger persists and what policies and programs Americans support to help those in need.Midmorning, November 21, 2011

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