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Food Shelf offers thank you to community

Late summer produce from family gardens is pouring into Bemidji Community Food Shelf. Many gardeners are sharing their beautiful fruits and vegetables with the hungry people of Beltrami County. As a longtime gardener myself, I enjoy comparing notes about what has been a very satisfying growing season.

Thus far, we have received lots of cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes and green beans. Less common, but much appreciated have been cabbages (some weighing more than five pounds), potatoes, apples, onions and carrots. Several gardeners have offered to share rhubarb and raspberry plants.

On behalf of the client families, volunteers and staff of the Food Shelf, I offer a heartfelt thank you. The nutritional value of fresh produce cannot be overstated, and the smiling faces of fellow gardeners brightens each day.

To donate your extra produce stop by the Food Shelf on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are located one block east of the Eagles Club at the intersection of Pioneer Street and Industrial Park Drive.

Jack Judkins

Coordinator, Bemidji Community Food Shelf