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The former Park Rapids Plumbing and Heating building on Pleasant Avenue will be the food shelf's new home. More room will allow the service to expand its distribution area. The move will occur in May 2011. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Food shelf usage continues to rise

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If the Hubbard County Food Shelf operated as a conventional business, Standard and Poor's would be lauding its progress.

In the past 10 years, usage of the food shelf has increased annually by 10 to 15 percent.

Last year, the food shelf distributed 182 tons of food, a 36 percent increase from 2009.

"A good share of it is because of a change in government regulations," director Dave Long explained.

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