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  • 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
  • Event offers one-stop aid for needy families
    An event in Maplewood on Saturday will offer help for families having trouble making ends meet.April 20, 2013
  • King Day speaker urges better care for children
    About 2,000 community and business leaders and other people gathered this morning at the Minneapolis Convention Center for the 23rd annual breakfast honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.January 21, 2013
  • 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

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