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Four members of the Hunger and Homelessness committee hosted a food stamp challenge to the community to live on a food stamp budget for a day or week. Shown left, organizer Beth Warrick, residents Steve and Kathy Schmit, organizers, Kirk Kartsten, Kelly Jo Zellman and Sandy Hennum work on a food budget using grocery store flyers for the Schmiit's.

Poor on purpose: Group attemps eating on $3.68 a day

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BEMIDJI -- Over the river and through the woods to the local food shelf we go. While most Minnesotans are thinking ahead to a Thanksgiving feast, 26.1 percent of residents are living below the poverty line.


Prompting people to truly be thankful this season, the Hunger and Homelessness committee of Bemidji is challenging community members to take the "Food Stamp Challenge."

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Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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