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Friends in Need Food Shelf volunteer Gordon Peterson, of St. Paul Park, bags fresh produce provided through a new program called Fields to Families. In the background are Lee Miller (left) and Doug Voegeli, who are helping with the program. Bulletin photo by Scott Wente

New program provides more produce to St. Paul Park food shelf

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Produce is plentiful this year at the Friends in Need Food Shelf.

A new program at the St. Paul Park food shelf is both offering a bountiful supply of fresh vegetables to the needy and providing business to area growers.


Each Monday morning a small group of Hmong farmers delivers hundreds of pounds of fresh vegetables to Friends in Need. The produce is weighed -- last week it topped 500 pounds -- and the farmers are paid for their produce.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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