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Public News Service - MN: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Advocates say two in five college students in Minnesota are facing food insecurity. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- College students across Minnesota are now back on their respective campuses following the long holiday break. But advocates say many students are struggling to get the food they need. A recent report notes that 40% of Minnesota college students have experienced food insecurity

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and his department have faced several lawsuits over a rollback of regulations for pork processing plants. (USDA.gov)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A federal lawsuit was filed this week over recent changes to how safety inspections are handled at pork processing plants. It follows a separate federal suit filed in Minnesota last fall. In 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture revised how inspections are handled at slaugh

In addition to helping distribute turkeys to families in need, Hunger Solutions Minnesota encourages people to join the annual

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With Thanksgiving upon us, charitable organizations are busy distributing holiday meals to people in need. But a Minnesota group says lingering fears about Trump administration policies are holding some back from seeking help. In August, the administration proposed what's kn

Hunger fighting advocates say Minnesota food shelves could use cash donations to help them keep longer hours and serve more people. (Maryhere)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As winter approaches, operators of food shelves across Minnesota hope to take in loads of donated items to help people in need survive the colder months. But hunger fighting advocates say cash donations are even more important these days. People who run the food shelves s

Pork processing is big business in Minnesota, which ranks second in the United States for the number of pigs raised in the state, according to the Minnesota Pork Producers Association. (Matthias Zomer/Stocksnap)

MINNEAPOLIS – Several labor unions filed a federal lawsuit in Minneapolis this week over controversial U.S. Department of Agriculture rule changes for regulating pork processing plants. The plaintiffs say a key concern is a provision that removes maximum line speeds when bringing hogs to slau

The global food system could be the cause of more than a third of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions. (Steve/Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As climate change takes center stage, a Minnesota-based think tank, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, says we should take a hard look at how our food system is driving the crisis. According to a report last year from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel

A change in SNAP benefits proposed by the Trump administration would penalize households with savings as minimal as $2,250. (mnhungerinitiative.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesotans fighting hunger say a proposed rule change for those needing help to put food on the table this winter will have drastic consequences. The Trump administration's effort to tighten eligibility requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, f

The Minnesota Department of Education and USDA are partnering to offer local meals this week. (Courtesy of Sarah Brouwer)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's Farm to Summer Week, and children throughout Minnesota are eating locally grown foods to celebrate. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program offers free meals to children under 18 while school is out. Those meals are important. According to th

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