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Minnesota nonprofits make pitches to legislators for funding


January 30, 2023

Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

Dawn Williams, a volunteer, stocked a freezer with pork on Jan. 24, 2022, at the Southern Anoka Community Assistance Food Shelf in Columbia Heights.

At the crowded Columbia Heights food shelf, visitors dodged employees pushing carts of supplies down a hallway that doubled as a waiting room.

"Watch your toes!" warned Elaine Walker, co-director of the food shelf.

The workers at Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA) share desks and must store food at two off-site locations because their workplace is so cramped. That's why the food shelf is hoping for $2.5 million from the state of Minnesota to open a new facility that triples its size.


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