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Betty Olbekson, a client at the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, checks out the gleaner shelves in the nonprofit's waiting room. Anyone can select donated items from the front shelves without limit and can apply for an emergency box of groceries once a month. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

Nonprofit agencies filling area needs

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Since the 1980s, three secular nonprofits have reached out to help people in poverty needing emergency services.

The Bemidji Community Food Shelf opened in 1982, Ours to Serve House of Hospitality began sheltering homeless people in 1985 and the Bemidji Community Soup Kitchen Inc. started serving meals in 1989.

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