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Published October 18, 2011, 09:28 PM

New Food Shelf Opens in Crookston

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A second food shelf is coming to Crookston. It's opening in a place where some might assume one already should exist, and that is at North Country Food Bank.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - A second food shelf is coming to Crookston.

It's opening in a place where some might assume one already should exist, and that is at North Country Food Bank.

The number of people that are visiting the existing food shelf in Crookston is down, but there are still concerns people are going hungry.

The North Country Food Bank has been around for close to 30 years. Its main mission is to distribute food to food shelves in northwest Minnesota.

"We act like a wholesaler, we distribute food to over 250 agencies in 21 counties in northwest Minnesota," food bank executive director Susie Novak said.

Now it will open its own food shelf.

Novak says it only makes sense because they can supply their own shelves.

This is the second food shelf Crookston. Novak says the existing food shelf is at Crookston's Care and Share, which also serves as homeless shelter and thrift store.

She says some families might not feel comfortable using that.

"Less and less people are getting help in the Crookston community and in other communities, the trend has been just increases all over the place. So we wanted to make sure we were reaching the people who need help because we don't think Crookston is any different than any other place in our service area," Novak said.

Novak says they will work together with the Care and Share food shelf to improve access to food. Three of the five food banks in Minnesota already have food shelves. Novak says adding one here makes sense to help the hungry.

"They can be embarrassed. It's not something they want to do. It's not something they ever anticipated having to do. So we want to bring people in the doors and make this a friendly and welcoming experience, make it something where they don't feel embarrassed to come in," Novak said.

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