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McGregor students get free meals for four years

McGregor students get free meals for four years By Jessie Perrine on Aug 29, 2014 at 9:46 a.m. Brainerd Dispatch  All students attending the McGregor School District will get free breakfast and lunch for the next four years, no matter their family’s financial situation. It’s thanks to a federally funded grant via The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. […]

Hunger Persists in Minnesota Despite Economic Upswing

Hunger Persists in Minnesota Despite Economic Upswing Public News Service – MN | September 2014 | Download audio PHOTO: Just released figures from the USDA show that about 11 percent of households in Minnesota were food insecure in 2013, about the same as the year before. Photo credit: Eddie Welker/Flickr.   September 4, 2014 ST. PAUL, Minn. – Many […]

Social determinants of health

Important piece in the August edition of Minnesota Physician Illustrates the import of our SNAP Rx and Food Access work.  Where you live, what food you have access to can determine your health, your lifespan.  

Why Hungry Seniors Aren’t Getting Enough To Eat

Why Hungry Seniors Aren’t Getting Enough To Eat: from NPR Malnourished seniors may be forgotten until they show up in the emergency room, often for another reason like an injury. Ted Gough/Willowpix/iStockphoto When we picture hungry Americans, we may see the faces of children, or single moms. But many of the people who struggle to […]

The changing face of hunger in Minnesota

from Molly Priesmeyer Earlier this week, during National Night Out, I took my dog for a walk through the mazes of bouncy castles and water guns and smoking BBQ pits. We were wandering interlopers. Gathering snapshots of the blocks and communities that surround us. A woman came over with her kids and asked if she […]

Minnesota free summer meals program expands sites by almost 50

By Christopher Magan cmagan@pioneerpress.com There’s a new sign on the doors to Stillwater Junior High School inviting hungry students and their families inside for “Free Summer Meals.” In the cafeteria, manager Sheryl Johnson oversees the typical lunchtime crowd of students in district summer programs and children in day care. There also are a growing number […]

Our Opinion: Pay it forward to food shelves

One of the latest good fads has been to buy another person’s food, either in line at the checkout of a grocery store or in line at a drive-through of a fast-food restaurant. Typically, the person in front buys the food for the person behind them. It is part of the “paying it forward” concept […]

Innovative technology enlisted to help close low income healthy nutrition gap

Innovative technology enlisted to help close low income healthy nutrition gap Twin Cities Hunger Initiative, local food shelves and technology solutions company team up to provide free produce  (St. Paul, MN April 1, 2014) — Starting this week, local nonprofits are joining forces with Solutran, a privately-held technology solutions company, to bring free and healthy […]

Minnesota won’t get hit by food-aid cuts in farm deal

From where Byron Laher sits, the economy and the bitter-cold will have a more profound effect on Minnesotans needing food than the reported federal farm bill deal in Washington. Laher is thinking of people whose jobs have been down-sized, like a Target employee he met with Tuesday morning, as well as low-income folks walloped by […]

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