A study released today finds that an alarming percentage of food assistance recipients in North Dakota have skipped or skimped on meals and have been forced to choose between buying food and paying for housing, utilities or medicine.
Hunters are donating more venison to strapped food banks as Ohio, Minnesota and other states offer financial aid aimed at managing high deer populations. It’s a much-needed boost for pantries struggling to meet rising demand.
Minnesota farmers are donating $115,000 worth of pork and cheese to food shelves around the state, taking the money out of funds that generally promote agriculture sales. In a time when pork and dairy industries are hurting as bad as they ever have, some said the largely symbolic effort could be a turning point.
A series of “Sharing the Harvest” luncheons will be held around the state Wednesday to benefit local food banks. The event is sponsored by the North Dakota Farmers Union and county Farmers Union organizations.
As the economy’s vise tightens on area residents, more have been turning to food shelves for sustenance. Numbers are up around the region, and charities say they expect the situation to get worse before it improves.
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