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Bemidji food shelf annual meeting set for Feb. 10

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Community Food Shelf will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, Feb. 10, and all members, volunteers and area residents are invited to the event at Bethel Lutheran Church, 5232 Irvine Ave NW.

The meeting starts at noon with a light lunch for members and volunteers where recognitions and elections will take place. At 1:30 p.m., the public portion of the meeting will take place, with a presentation from Amanda Shongo, a nutritionist for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Health Division, who will be addressing underlying issues contributing to health inequalities in the region. Shongo's work has included continued efforts in conducting a community food sovereignty and food access assessment of the Leech Lake Reservation, as well as ensuring emergency food access through the Cass Lake Area Food Shelf, a release said. A member of the Lower Mohawk from the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, Canada, Shongo resides in the Bemidji area.

The Bemidji Community Food Shelf is a regional food bank with an urban farm, offering emergency food service to nearly 3,000 households, the release said. Located at 1260 Exchange Ave. SE, the food shelf is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on every third Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.