Pets are always there for their owners, but now they need someone to be there for them.
Over the last year, the number of pets having to be surrendered to the Animal Humane Society or rescue organizations has skyrocketed because of inabilities to care fully for their families, let alone their pets, in the poor economy.
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In this economy, shopping at Aldi, watching for double coupon days and stocking up on sale items still leave the food budget overdrawn for some individuals or families. Anyone who’s caught economically between a food shelf and a discount grocer can try Fare for All or Angel Food Ministries. Both programs offer groceries at a savings of 40 to 50 percent compared with most supermarkets.
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Many Minnesota families have been presented with the dilemma: rent or food? Lately, food, not to mention nutrition, has become secondary. Local food shelves report an overwhelming amount of people using their services that are, at best, adequate.
Annie and her husband, Tim, (not their real names) live with their ten-year-old daughter in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood of St. Paul. When they first rented their two-bedroom apartment, the $900 rent was “doable,” Annie wrote in an e-mail. At that time the cost of rent amounted to 25-30 percent of the couple’s combined incomes.
At metro area food shelves, visits jumped by 21 percent last year, to 1.2 million, prompting the Greater Twin Cities United Way to raise an emergency cash infusion of $1 million.
Lovett is among school leaders from across the metro watching the economic problems pile into their classrooms. From Forest Lake to Osseo, Richfield and Robbinsdale, schools are responding by seeking resources that families need.
In February, 270 people visited the Salvation Army food shelf in Cloquet, up from 153 in February 2008. With the state of the economy, said Captain Ruth Gibbons, that number is expected to grow — adding to the need for a new food shelf.
Second Harvest Heartland of Minnesota released a new study today that measures hunger in a different way. The food bank says that 125 million meals are being missed by people in need.
The St Paul Star Tribune collects other findings from the study.
With the country’s current economic status, family food budgets are increasingly feeling the strain of fewer dollars to spend on items that seem to just keep getting pricier. People are concerned that they can’t afford healthy diets. Under the theme “Stretching Your Food Dollar with Healthy, Nutritious Food,” this year’s Food Check-Out Week, Feb.
Everyone needs the basics — food, shelter, clothing, heat. Across Douglas County, programs that provide the basics are seeing an increase in clients. The need for food alone has jumped dramatically.
The Salvation Army in Superior served 60 individuals or families per week through its food shelf in January 2008.