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Anita Gruel expressed gratitude for her basket of food, including the popcorn. Her son, she said, is diabetic. "This is sure a blessing." (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Food shelf donations are down while use continues to rise

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The mid-point of the annual Hubbard County Food Shelf drive found donations down from '09, but food shelf director Dave Long remains optimistic.

Last year at this time, the food shelf received a $10,000 estate bequest and $25,000 in stimulus money.

But the community is rising to the occasion. "Donations are good," Long said. "I do not anticipate deficit spending."

St. Peter's youth-driven initiative has brought in $1,700 in cash, 1,300 pounds to date.

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