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Peterson Announces $300,000 for Bemidji Food Shelf
(WASHINGTON, DC) [9/27/2012] – Congressman Collin C. Peterson today announced that the Bemidji Food Shelf was recently selected to receive a $300,000 USDA Rural Development loan. The Bemidji Food Shelf will use the loan to purchase an existing building for food shelf operations.
“This is great news for the Bemidji area,” Peterson said. “One in five Minnesota children face hunger or food insecurity. This loan will ensure that the Bemidji Food Shelf can continue it’s good work feeding hungry children and families in the community.”
“It seemed like a really daunting task to make this happen, and we raised about $250,000 on our own, but by the time you purchase the building and do all the necessary operations, without that Rural Development Loan we would not have been able to make it happen. That was really the linchpin that made it happen,” said Jack Judkins, Bemidji Food Shelf Coordinator.