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From 2000 to 2010, food shelf usage across Minnesota has tripled — from more than 1 million visits to more than 3 million visits annually.

Welcome to arguably the most telling statistic about how tough the first decade of the 21st century was on Minnesotans. That’s right. As of last year, the 300 food shelves statewide saw more than 3 million visits. Three million! Up from 1 million to start the decade.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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