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  • 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
  • Report: 8 percent of Minn. mortgages made during bubble end in foreclosure
    A little more than 8 percent of the mortgages made in Minnesota during the height of the housing bubble have ended in foreclosure, according to a national consumer group's report released Thursday.November 17, 2011
  • New poverty estimates could help lawmakers identify solutions
    A new census poverty measure released Monday shows that 49.1 million Americans live in poverty &mdash nearly two-and-a-half million more people than the Census previously reported.November 7, 2011
  • Census: Number of America's poorest poor climbs to record high
    The ranks of America's poorest poor has climbed to a record high - 1 in 15 people - spread widely across metropolitan areas as the housing bust pushed many inner-city poor into suburbs and other outlying places and shriveled jobs and income.November 3, 2011
  • Minn. farmers' markets adapt as food stamp program changes to EBT
    Early reports suggest that while more and more people are paying with EBT, their numbers are still extremely small.October 25, 2011
  • Award-winning stories from MPR's Young Reporters series
    The Journalism Center on Children & Families at the University of Maryland is honoring MPR's Young Reporters series with a Casey Journalism Award for its exemplary reporting. Midday presents three stories from the series: Brenda's story as an undocumented teen, Roy Lee Spearman's tale of being gay and homeless while in high school, and Tiara Bellafant's experience as part of an experiment to keep kids in school.Midday, October 17, 2011
  • Minn. seniors don't take advantage of food stamp program
    An analysis of state data released Wednesday shows many Minnesota seniors who are eligible for food stamps aren't signed up.October 5, 2011
  • A return to traditional foods helps some fight hunger on White Earth Reservation
    A growing effort on the White Earth Reservation to return to traditional foods could help alleviate hunger and improve the health of people there while reconnecting them with a diet that served their ancestors.October 4, 2011
  • Taxes hastened Somalia's famine, militant retreat
    The withdrawal of Somalia's al-Qaida-linked rebels from their bases in Mogadishu and severe food shortages in southern Somalia may be linked to the same problem familiar to politicians the world over: tax collections.October 3, 2011
  • What's the deal with Social Security?
    With attention on the national debt, GOP Presidential candidates and elected Democrats alike are talking about changes to social security. Behind the political rhetoric, what's the current state of the Social Security trust fund and what impact would suggested changes have on millions of Americans who receive financial aid through the program?Midmorning, September 28, 2011
  • Report: Homelessness on the rise in Twin Cities
    A new report shows the number of Twin Cities children and families experiencing homelessness is on the rise.September 14, 2011
  • Census: US poverty rate swells to nearly 1 in 6
    The ranks of the nation's poor swelled to nearly 1 in 6 people last year, reaching a new high as long-term unemployment woes left millions of Americans struggling and out of work. The number of uninsured edged up to 49.9 million, the biggest in over two decades.September 13, 2011
  • U.S. announces $23 million more in Somali famine aid
    Millions of dollars more for famine relief will be sent to the Horn of Africa, said the head of U.S. Agency for International Development.August 31, 2011

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