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Minnesota Speaker Paul Thissen tours North Country Food Bank

Minnesota House Speaker Paul Thissen visited Crookston Thursday - touring the North Country Food Bank.

The trip was part of an effort to highlight the Farm to Food Shelf program.

The North Country Food Bank is one of six across minnesota that participates in 'Farm to Food Shelf.'

The program helps provide nutritious foods to low-income families throughout the state.

The program also reimburses farmers for the cost of harvesting, packaging and transporting surplus crops.

Minnesota Speaker of the House Paul Thissen said, "there are a lot of people who are hungry and there's excess food out there right and so the real win win about this is we're able to connect those two things together."

The farm to food shelf program received an additional two million dollars in to 2014 budget.