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Shelf life: Bemidji Community Food Shelf volunteers work to help the needy

Diane Klasen helps Arlene Smith load up a full cart of food for a family at the Bemidji Community Food Shelf on Monday morning. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper1 / 6
Sally Belleveau loads a freezer full of butter Monday at the Bemidji Community Food Shelf. The organization regularly purchases high-demand items like butter and eggs for families relying on the food shelf's services.2 / 6
Diane Klasen helps Arlene Smith load up a full cart of food for a family at the Bemidji Community Food Shelf on Monday morning.3 / 6
The Sentence To Serve program is a huge help to the food shelf. On Monday, inmates made two stops: once in early morning to stock shelves and later to fill a trailer used to haul food from storage units in advance of Wednesday's opening.4 / 6
For 16 years, Merril Thiel has picked up donated food items from churches and businesses to bring to the Bemidji Community Food Shelf.5 / 6
June Roxstrom helps register a shopping list for a client.6 / 6

Bemidji Pioneer photographer Monte Draper captured scenes of volunteers working to stock the Bemidji Community Food Shelf and provide food for the needy.

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