It was one of those most pleasant emails, an invite to a holiday coffee party from a friend—always a welcome thing to pop up in my inbox. But after the details of the invitation was this message: “Please feel free to bring a friend, but not any hostess gifts. Instead, please consider bringing a manual can opener. Need an explanation? It’s hard to open the can of green beans you got at the food shelf if you don’t have a can opener, and equally hard to use your electric can opener if your power’s been turned off.”
Starting Friday, thousands of Minnesotans using food stamps will have a lot less money to purchase food as billions of dollars are being cut from the Federal Food Assistance Program. This is the first across-the-board reduction ever for the program.
This is the time of year that donations are at their highest at food shelves across the state. But recently the question of what to do with food donations that are not considered healthy foods, has caused some controversy.
Minnesota food shelves say it’s challenging to supply needy families with healthier options because of the relatively high cost of fresh produce and other nutritious items when compared with high-sodium or sugary products such as canned soups and baked goods.
Food shelves can always use donations, but there’s a twist — you can help by growing an extra row in your garden this year.
More than 500,000 Minnesotans are getting some kind of help from food shelves. Many of them are working full time, with families, and are just trying to make ends meet.
Minnesota food shelves aren’t getting as much venison as they have in years past. Some lawmakers say that’s because tighter rules are making it too difficult for meat processors to donate. So, a new bill has been introduced to reduce those regulations.
More than 500,000 Minnesotans receive food support and Minnesota FoodShare is doing all it can to meet the demand.
The latest survey found that more than 1,400 people are homeless in Anoka County, and nearly 600 are children in families. Even more startling is the increase in young adults ages 18 to 21 who are homeless.
The Minnesota government shutdown is threatening delivery of tons of food to pantries statewide.
The annual March Food Drive is underway in an effort to restock 300 emergency food shelves across the state.
Gov.-elect Mark Dayton and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson are appearing together on Tuesday to raise money for food shelves.
A new report finds food shelf visits up sharply in Minnesota.
A lot of people are out shopping this weekend, planning for that big Thanksgiving feast. It’s hard to imagine some would ever go hungry on Thanksgiving, but it’s a rising reality for Minnesotans.