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A group of food shelf advocates and others gathered at Friends in Need Food Shelf April 18 for a meeting with staff from Sen. Al Franken's office to discuss the federal farm bill. The legislation funds food and nutrition programs and is up for renewal this year. Leading the discussion (at right) is Al Juhnke, a Franken agriculture staffer and former state lawmaker. Bulletin photo by Scott Wente

At St. Paul Park meeting, food shelves tout value of farm bill's food programs

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Michelle Rageth rattled off what sounded like an entire grocery list:

Beef stew, fresh oranges and tomatoes, apple juice, canned carrots and green beans, spaghetti sauce, fresh pears and potatoes, pasta, pistachios -- and the list went on.


Those and other items were all healthy foods that were supplied recently to the Friends in Need Food Shelf through a federal food program.

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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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