Families across the state will sit down tomorrow for a Thanksgiving meal — turkey, mashed potatoes, maybe some cranberries or pumpkin pie.
But for some Minnesotans, putting that food on the table is a challenge.
Before sitting down for that big turkey dinner, thousands of Minnesotans will head to the Mall of America on Thanksgiving morning for the fourth annual Walk to End Hunger.
Elizabeth Saevig, director of resource development and marketing for the Emergency FoodShelf Network, says they hope to raise awareness along with thousands of pounds of food and $400,000.
“The idea is really just to give
Down but not quite out, these Americans form a diverse group sometimes called “near poor” and sometimes simply overlooked — and a new count suggests they are far more numerous than previously understood.
Ted is ready for the spotlight. Really ready.
In fact, he is so ready he escaped from his cage in a dark corner of the governor’s reception room Friday and made a break for the bright television lights. Ted proudly strutted past the gubernatorial podium and into plain sight in a large empty area in front of it.
The holiday season is here. And in the spirit of the season, millions of people will donate food to food drives.
Much of that food will be lovingly packed into boxes and baskets to be distributed to needy families.
And just as in years past, such well-intentioned food donations will needlessly leave millions of people hungry.
The Hibbing Daily Tribune detailed the crisis situation faced by the Hibbing Food Shelf. Food Shelf director Carol Voss describes having $12,000 in the bank to pay for food through March 2012.
The number of people struggling to feed themselves and their families is on the rise in the Twin Cities suburbs, including the middle class and affluent communities of Minnetonka, Eagan and Lakeville — places you might not associate with food insecurity.
But visits to suburban food shelves have jumped 89 percent since 2008, and food stamp use is up 64 percent from 2008-2011, as the loss of jo
The proposed changes — the first in 15 years to the $11 billion school-lunch program — are meant to reduce rising childhood obesity, Agriculture Department officials say.
Food struggles come in many forms.
DHS head encourages eligible Minnesotans to sign up for food benefits
by Julie Siple, Minnesota Public Radio
October 27, 2011
St. Paul, Minn.