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Changing church demographics put some food shelves out of business


Each apple, loaf of bread and slab of ribs that Audra Koel selected from tables in the church sanctuary brought her one grocery basket closer to the end.

For the past four years, the 48-year-old Coon Rapids resident has spent most of her Friday nights at Good Shepherd Covenant Church in Blaine for a hot meal and fresh groceries.

But last Friday marked the last supper for Good Shepherd and its food distribution project, Manna Market. With a shrinking and aging congregation, the 80-member church is closing next month. And the unusually large bounty before Koel — tables stacked high with every pantry item left in the church — signaled the coming loss.


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