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Rural Minnesota and Wisconsin food shelves surprisingly see dip in visitors, but food stamp use is increasing


February 22, 2021

Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

Turtle Lake Food Pantry volunteers from left, Dawn Nelson, Wayne Kendrick and food pantry director Sheldon Fredrick prepared to load up a car last week. The food shelf has been serving fewer than it did before the pandemic.

Carl Klienschmidt braced for a rush of residents in need of help at his western Wisconsin food pantry. But surprisingly, the opposite happened.

In the tiny town of Turtle Lake, the volunteer-run pantry is serving fewer people than pre-pandemic, bucking the national trend of growing hunger. Across the border in Minnesota, Christi Dickey is also still waiting for the surge in need she and other volunteers expected at Fergus Falls' food shelf.

"We've been scratching our heads just wondering what's going on," she said.


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