PORTFOLIO: HUNGER IN MINNESOTA
In 2011, one in ten Minnesotans struggled to have enough food to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Facing job and home loss, many people were greatly affected by the economic downturn --including many who were new to this struggle. Families were often faced with the difficult choice of putting food on the table, or spending the money on their mortgage or rent, medical and transportation costs. The need for food support hit an all time high, with 510,000 people in the state on food stamps. Through a series of six stories across the state, Minnesota Public Radio looked at some of the communities of people affected and how they work to make ends meet.