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Loaves and Fishes served 1 million free, healthy meals to hungry Minnesotans in 2018, tripling the number of meals served annually just five years ago. This reflects the state’s stubbornly high food insecurity rate, the nonprofit says. Loaves offers programming that allows financially strapped Minnesotans to stretch limited household budgets, feeds children when school is out, finds and feeds people living on the street and benefits people participating in programs outside hunger relief. They also promote farm-to-table dining and rescuing food from across the metro area. The commemoration of its Million Meals Milestone was celebrated in mid-December when the group’s executive director, Cathy Maes, handed out a Golden Plate award to a Minnesotan at a variety of public dining site locations. 

 

To help school nutrition professionals incorporate foods into their menus that please students, parents and educators alike, PepsiCo Foodservice is offering PepsiCo School Source, a website that provides research-based insights and trends, recipe inspiration and K12-compliant product information.  According to Datassential, 87 percent of Gen Z consumers are interested in trying new foods, but 65 percent will try a new item only if they think it will taste good. To learn more, visit PepsiCoSchoolSource.com.

 

A popular choice of the Minnesota Farmers Union, State Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, will serve in Gov. Tim Walz’s cabinet as commissioner of the Department of Human Services. Lourey, who has been a key proponent of the MinnesotaCare Buy-In proposal that MFU supports, is a farmer himself, the only one in the State Senate.

 

Hasty Tasty, located kitty-corner from the Jungle Theater on Lyndale and Lake in Minneapolis, has closed after less than a year. The wood-fired rotisserie-focused restaurant had a menu by chef Chris Gerster, and a cocktail program from Bittercube. The last day of service was January 9, but the StarTribune reported that the plan is to open in the spring, then reported the closure was permanent.  

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