skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Friday, June 14, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

SCOTUS begins issuing new opinions, with another expected related to the power of federal agencies, the battleground state of Wisconsin gets a ruling on alternative voting sites, and coastal work is being done to help salt marshes withstand hurricanes.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

The Supreme Court for now protects access to abortion drug mifepristone, while Senate Republicans block a bill protecting access to in-vitro fertilization. Wisconsin's Supreme Court bans mobile voting sites, and colleges deal with funding cuts as legislatures target diversity programs.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

Relief Grants in MN Help Instill Hope in Addressing Food Insecurity

play audio
Play

Thursday, August 17, 2023   

Minnesota saw a record 5.7 million people people visit food shelves last year.

While there is still great concern about households not having enough to eat, new community-level solutions are taking shape, thanks to pandemic aid. Minnesota received nearly $14 million in American Rescue Plan funding to assist hunger relief efforts. All the grants have been sent out, going to food shelves, meal programs, SNAP outreach and tribal nations.

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa used its grant to accelerate its bison ranch.

Jared Swader, tribal programs administrator for the Band, said being a food desert, they stocked up on products to hand out right away, but they also saw long-term opportunity.

"We've had a bison project in the works for about 10 to 15 years but there was no bison on land. It's just all kind of in the planning phases," Swader explained. "With this funding we were able to buy some of the last minute things; get some hay on board and get some equipment and things like that."

Most importantly, they now have bison for the ranch, and Swader noted they plan to secure additional resources for reproduction. He emphasized it would establish food sources for years to come, without having to worry as much about costs and other barriers in buying food in bulk.

Hunger Solutions, which helped distribute some of the grants, said 79% of funds were used for direct food purchases.

Tikki Brown, assistant commissioner of children and family services for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, said the funds helped with the overwhelming demand in the short term. She pointed out they also helped foster creativity among partner organizations to make sure clients are helped in ways that could produce better outcomes. It all starts with a reliable source of nutrition.

"If folks go too long without resources, it starts to really wear on more aspects of their life," Brown observed. "If we can get folks food quickly, it gives them hope."

Brown added the interaction among agencies and nonprofits also brought more attention to some of the hunger gaps around the state, and how close a lot of households are to food insecurity. Meanwhile, the grants also allowed hunger-relief organizations to enhance their delivery systems, add more storage space and cover operating costs.

Disclosure: Hunger Solutions Minnesota contributes to our fund for reporting on Hunger/Food/Nutrition, and Livable Wages/Working Families. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
The wells providing water on Santee Tribal lands had manganese levels more than 50 times greater than what is considered safe for adults. Excessively high manganese can cause problems with memory, attention and motor skills. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Members of the Nebraska Santee Sioux Tribe hope a solution to their five-year water ordeal may be on the way. Their tap water has been unusable for …


play sound

Hurricane season is here, and conservationists are shining a light on the role salt marshes play in protecting coastal North Carolina communities…

Social Issues

play sound

This weekend, Father's Day will be tough for children with a dad in jail or prison. More than 200,000 kids in Michigan have had an incarcerated …


Social Issues

play sound

Local election administrators have new guidance from Wisconsin's highest court on alternative early voting sites. A political expert says the timing …

Between 2017 and 2022, Minnesota saw a more than 30% increase in farm acres planted with cover crops. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

When Minnesota farmers watch their crops grow this summer, some will monitor land that has better soil health. It's because of a fairly popular …

Environment

play sound

West Virginia will receive $140 million to clean up legacy pollution in regions decimated by decades of coal mining. The money is part of $725 …

Environment

play sound

Close to 200 events are planned now through Sunday at California state parks for the third annual State Parks Week. The events advance Gov. Gavin …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021