In its second food stamp challenge, Open Arms is challenging Minnesotans to eat on $30.25 for one week in November. That’s the amount people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program receive.
The Minnesota Pork Board today donated 1,860 pounds of ground pork to Second Harvest Heartland, a Maplewood-based food bank. The donation represents a growing relationship between farmers and organizations that distribute food to people who need help.
Yvonne Estey, manager of the tiny food shelf on the White Earth Reservation, knows what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet. Estey, who tries not to worry about how little the food shelf has, said she might qualify for food stamps.
Food shelves aim to recruit more young people to volunteer alongside seniors Dennis Weeks couldn’t be happier with the volunteers at the Manna Food Pantry in Worthington, Minn. There’s just one problem: They’re getting old. “Five to 10 years from now, my current crop of volunteers will all be gone,” said Weeks, who worries about Read more →
Seniors who have trouble getting enough nutritious food are significantly more likely to be in poor health.
For many Minnesotans, summer means a dip in the lake or a weekend at the family cabin. For others, it means that feeding the kids becomes particularly difficult. During the school year, schools provide meals for thousands of Minnesota students living near or below the poverty line. But come summer, parents can no longer count on those meals.
When First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to improve access to healthy food took a step forward today, Supervalu was there. Supervalu, based in Eden Prairie, was one of several retailers that announced plans to open or expand in areas without easy access to fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods. Those areas are sometimes called Read more →
Lawmakers in the U.S. House started debate today on a food and farm spending bill that includes cuts to a program that helps poor mothers and their children buy food. The 2012 budget proposal cuts the Women, Infants, and Children program by $686 million, as compared to the funding level for FY2011.
More than 500,000 Minnesotans rely on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, an increase of 19 percent over last year, according to the U.S.D.A.
Homeless families typically have the most trouble finding food before they enter a shelter and immediately after they leave.