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  • 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
  • Minnesota gets another $7M for heating help
    Minnesota is getting another $7 million in federal aid to help low-income customers pay their heating bills.January 25, 2011
  • Backpacks filled with food feed kids on weekends
    Backpack programs are springing up in some parts of Minnesota to help feed hungry kids. These programs send those students home with backpacks filled with food for the weekend. Some kids, especially those who rely on school lunch during the week, have a hard time getting enough to eat when they're away from school.January 21, 2011
  • Federal aid adds $56M to Minn. heating assistance
    Minnesota will receive another $56 million in federal aid to help people struggling to pay winter heating bills.January 13, 2011
  • Census: 1 in 4 Minnesota renters in most counties paying more than they can afford
    The U.S. Census Bureau's five-year American Community Survey shows that one in four renters in 84 of 87 Minnesota counties pay 30 percent or more of their income for housing.January 13, 2011
  • What does it mean to be hungry in Minnesota?
    At least one in 10 Minnesotans struggles with hunger. You might imagine hunger as a child with a bloated belly in Africa, or malnourished people living in Appalachia in the 1960s. But that's not what hunger looks like in Minnesota today.January 10, 2011

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