Hunger in the News
As one of the largest hunger relief organizations in the nation, an important part of our work is to elevate the issue of hunger in our community and conversations around it. Hunger and related issues are often at the center of stories in the media. Here are some recent stories that shed light on our work to end hunger and the realities of hunger not only in Minnesota, but across the United States.
Free grocery program debuts at Neill Elementary
One in six kids in Minnesota struggles with daily hunger. Our Food + You program partners with local schools to help address the unique needs of their students and families. This year, Edward Neill Elementary in Burnsville, Minn. became a partner of the program. Neill Elementary Principal, Elizabeth Vaught shared about the program and the need she sees in the community in this story with SUN Thisweek.
Local gardeners donate produce
Fresh produce is often too expensive for individuals struggling with hunger and are in high-demand at local food shelves. Thanks to the efforts of partners in Retail Food Rescue, growers participating in Share Fresh and even local gardeners, the food we’ve distributed has never been more nutritious. Read the story from MPR’s Mark Steil of one local gardener and his daily produce donations to a local food shelf in Marshall, Minn.
SNAP, nutrition and health care
Proper nutrition and access to food play an important role in prevention, treatment and recovery for many health conditions, which can be challenging for high-need patients. In a recent story with TIME, Why Paying for Nutrition Saves Money on Health Care, authors share about the potential effects cuts to SNAP may have on the health care system and health of our hungry neighbors.
US hunger levels dip slightly, but millions still suffer
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released its annual report on food insecurity in the United States. In this story, Argi-Pulse highlights that even though there was a slight drop in the percentage of food insecure households in the U.S., there are still millions of children, families and seniors that struggle to find enough food.