Reporter | Nonprofits, charity and philanthrophy

Smith was born in Duluth and grew up in the Twin Cities. She graduated from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., and worked for the Forum newspaper in Fargo, N.D., before coming to the Star Tribune in 2010.


Questions continue in food fraud case over judge's words

The Minnesota Department of Education stopped and then restarted payments to Feeding Our Future in 2021.


For Feeding Our Future leader, an unlikely path to scandal

Self-professed "rule follower" Aimee Bock has become the face of a $250 million food fraud case


Feeding Our Future charges lead to dispute over 2021 case

At issue is a 2021 lawsuit that led the Minnesota Department of Education to resume payments to Feeding Our Future, the nonprofit that federal prosecutors say was used to orchestrate a $250 million scheme to defraud the federal government of money meant to feed poor children.


Department of Education seeks over $500K in legal fees from nonprofit

Feeding Our Future sued the state Education Department in 2020 after the department stopped payments to the nonprofit over concerns about a rapid increase in meal claims.


Dispute between Feeding Our Future, Mpls. site alleges kickbacks, inflated meals

Both parties blame each other in the alleged $250 million federal food aid fraud scheme.


College Possible Minnesota receives anonymous record $1 million donation

The donation will help the St. Paul-based nonprofit expand the number of students it works with to help boost college admissions.


Washburn Center for Children in Minneapolis receives surprise $3 million donation

The gift comes as the Minneapolis mental health provider faces a growing number of calls and an unprecedented workforce shortage.


St. Paul nonprofit works to boost literacy rates among children of color

Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute is distributing more books to Twin Cities kids this year thanks to a new grant and fundraiser.


Minnesota's Recovery Corps doubles its volunteer force to combat substance abuse issues

The AmeriCorps program is looking for 100 Minnesotans to mentor peers with substance abuse.


More Minnesotans eligible for food stamps starting Thursday

The Legislature approved raising the income limits in this year's session.