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Hunger Free ND

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  • Hosted by Doug Hamilton, Ashley Thornberg

Main Street hosts Ashley and Doug talk with people who are working in the Hunger Free North Dakota Coalition.  In this program celebrating the coalition's 10th anniversary, hear about rural grocery stores, getting children excited about nutrition, Meals on Wheels, mothers and food -- there's a lot to talk about.  These conversations lead up to a conference September 24th, 2019.

Related: Check out this story from NPR's All Things Considered about rural groceries in North Dakota.

September is recognized as "Hunger Action Month." It’s particularly meaningful amid the pandemic, as many families may be facing food insecurity for the first time. Joining us to discuss the problem, and how "food helpers" have sprung to action to help, is Karen Ehrens, the coordinator for the Creating a Hunger Free North Dakota Coalition.

Valley Senior Services

Adapting to life during a pandemic has been a particular challenge for agencies across the state that offer senior services. The demand for meals on wheels is up sharply, while the opportunities for social gatherings and other services have been curtailed. Joining us is Brian Arett, director of Valley Senior Services.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - Bill Even, CEO of the National Pork Board, visits with Lori Walsh of South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s “In The Moment” about the meat supply chain disruption due to the pandemic, and how that has affected producers. ~~~ Employees at meat packing companies have also been affected, but many of those workers have avoided speaking out about the toll of working during the crisis for fear they’d lose their jobs. As Harvest Public Media’s Christina Stella reports, some children of those workers are becoming activists to help address the problems. ~~~ With unemployment and under-employment still high and eviction notices keeping sheriff's deputies busy, food banks are seeing high demand. Joining us with an update on resources for folks in need is Karen Ehrens of Hunger Free ND. ~~~ Dave Thompson joins us for discussion of today's primary.

"Food Deserts"

Nov 5, 2019

Karen Ehrens is a health and nutrition consultant, registered dietitian, and policy advocate. This commentary originally aired on Prairie Public in April of 2014.

We share a commentary that originally aired on Prairie Public in November of 2013 from consultant Karen Ehrens.

Food Insecurity

Sep 4, 2019

We conclude the series as we hear about the reasons food insecurity has increased in the state. We visit with health and nutrition consultant Karen Ehrens and the new president of the Great Plains Food Bank, Melissa Sobolik, who will also tell us about their statewide summit coming up on the 24th.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 – We continue our monthly observance of Hunger Free North Dakota’s 10th year as we visit with Colleen Pearce and Kim Hinnenkamp about the special supplemental program for Women Infants and Children, known as WIC. August is also World Breastfeeding Month.

Senior Meal Programs

Jul 22, 2019

We learn about senior meal programs from Jaclyn Seefeldt, Aging Services Program Administrator at the North Dakota Department of Human Services.

A discussion of efforts to provide nutrition education to people who receive SNAP benefits. SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Joining us is NDSU Extension specialist Megan Ditterick.

Monday, May 6, 2019 – Today we visit with agriculture commissioner Doug Goering about the North Dakota Garden Project.