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The Bemidji Community Food Shelf staff partnered with staff from Luekens Village Foods for a training session to learn to use meat processing equipment worth $1.500. Meat managers from the north and south store processed 400 pounds of hamburger into one pound bags. Shown left, is Luekens South Meat Manager Sue Shepperdson, two BCFS volunteers and Luekens North Meat Manager Glenn Carroll being supervised by Wendell Affield.

In honor of Deland: With help of partners, food shelf starts meat program

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BEMIDJI -- For 14 years, Wendell Affield helped his late friend's family as they battled through homelessness and hunger, providing them meat from his farm butcher shop.

On Tuesday, he stood inside the Bemidji Community Food Shelf as those efforts were extended to the community at large.

"This is an exciting day," Affield said, visibly emotional.

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