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Food shelf drive starts Saturday

A poignant chapter unfolds every day at the Hubbard County Food Shelf.

The people arriving to receive assistance are single moms, struggling to make ends meet. Families facing a range of crises pay the food shelf a call. Seniors, a rare client a few years ago, are overcoming an inherent aversion to asking for help, rising fuel costs and other expenses crimping limited incomes.

"It never occurred to me I could be a client," a man told volunteers recently. He was a crewmember who worked on the food shelf addition a few years ago. Having injured his spine, unable to work, his role has shifted from carpenter to client.

Food shelf volunteer Nancy Nyhus said her task is "satisfying - but heart-breaking."

In January, 218 families arrived at the food shelf seeking assistance, a 13 percent increase in the number of individuals from the same period last year.

For the complete story see Saturday's edition of the Park Rapids Enterprise.