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PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 


U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 


18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

Minnesota Yearly Food Drive Underway Today

March 1, 2007


The state's largest yearly food drive gets underway today. Minnesota's "March Food Drive," is designed to stock over 260 food shelves across the state. Spokeswoman Sue Kainz with Minnesota FoodShare says it's a big deal this year, because food shelf use is at a record high.

"What we do is set a goal, and try to restock food shelves for the spring and summer months. The 2007 campaign has a goal of nine million pounds and dollars combined.

The numbers reflect a growing need, especially among working families trying to balance various financial obligations.

"It's just normal, everyday people who find themselves, number one, in an emergency or crisis. Maybe they've lost a job. Maybe, they've had hours cut. Maybe, something happened with their health care. A lot of the really wonderful, good manufacturing jobs have gone away, especially in Greater Minnesota. And, the jobs that are replacing them just are not paying the same.

Kainz says Minnesota food shelf users are a diverse group.

"Over 50 percent represent children. Of the adults who use food shelves, about 40 percent of them are employed. The largest and newest group of people using food shelves are senior citizens."

Minnesota food shelves distributed more than 42 million pounds of food last year. And, while a growing number of Minnesotans rely on food shelves, Kainz is optimistic that others will open their hearts and pocketbooks again this year.

Find out more online at www.gmcc.org/foodshare. Click on "March Campaign."

Jim Wishner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - MN