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  • $1M grant to aid homeless vets
    A Minnesota organization that helps homeless veterans will receive $1 million from a federal homelessness prevention program.July 26, 2011
  • The Face of Hunger: Migrant workers in southern Minn.
    One in 10 Minnesotans struggles at times to get enough food -- the reasons vary from from place to place. MPR News is travelling the state this summer to see why people are going hungry in an occasional series, "The Face of Hunger." In the first installment, we visit migrant workers in southern Minnesota who struggle to get enough food, even as they prepare the food we eat.July 12, 2011
  • Lingering downturn helps keep gardening boom going
    Many of the millions of people who turned to gardening to save money during the recession appear to be sticking with it during the recovery as food prices remain high and interest in safe, fresh and local food grows nationwide.June 20, 2011
  • Coalition launches effort to fight hunger in Minnesota
    A coalition launched today called Hunger-Free Minnesota sees how hunger affects more than just the people who aren't getting enough to eat, so it sets a goal to make sure everyone in the state has enough to eat by 2014.June 7, 2011
  • 'Rescued' food helps feed the hungry in Minn.
    In Minnesota alone, we throw out more than 715 million pounds of food each year. Hunger relief organizations are increasing their efforts to save the pportion of that food that's edible -- and get it to hungry Minnesotans.May 16, 2011
  • A focus on healthier food for the homeless
    The number of homeless Minnesotans has jumped over the past few years. Some people end up in shelters where they get three meals a day. But the nutrition at shelters and meal programs varies widely. Now a new group in Ramsey County is working to make sure people get not only enough calories -- but good nutrition, too.April 28, 2011
  • Lawmakers propose new restrictions on welfare cards
    Republican lawmakers in the Minnesota House included new restrictions on welfare cards in a Health and Human Services omnibus bill released Monday.March 21, 2011
  • Food shelves evolving with clients' needs
    Not only is the face of hunger changing in Minnesota, so are the food shelves. Some have evolved into full-fledged social service organizations.March 18, 2011
  • Report: More Minn. children living in poverty
    Children's Defense Fund Minnesota says more families are struggling to meet basic needs. In its annual Kids Count Data Book released Wednesday, the child advocacy group says 174,000 Minnesota children were living in poverty in 2009.March 16, 2011
  • Misuse of welfare money is minimal, data show
    Republican state lawmakers have proposed new restrictions to prevent poor people from spending welfare money on alcohol, tobacco and lottery tickets. However, available data suggests misuse of welfare money is minimal. Instead, people who receive welfare said the legislation would make it impossible to use the money for basic needs, like paying rent and doing laundry.March 15, 2011
  • Food shelves looking at March food drive to replenish stock
    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.March 14, 2011
  • Outreach encourages seniors to apply for food subsidies
    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.March 1, 2011
  • Food stamp use in Minn. at all-time high and rising
    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.February 11, 2011
  • American Indian health advocates bridge gaps in care
    Doctors and others who work with American Indians say using specially designated advocates can improve care for American Indian patients while they're in the hospital -- and improve health outcomes once they return home.February 9, 2011
  • Hospital hands out food to patients in need
    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.February 4, 2011

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