Give more than thanks

By Chuck Kajer, Managing Editor

The holiday season is a time of giving and sharing. Many families make a point of giving to foodshelves, coat drives, mitten drives, toy drives and other programs that benefit those who are needy.

All are worthy causes, helping families meet their needs during tough economic times. But none of these needs is more basic than food.

According to a Wilder Foundation report in 2006, food shelf use in Minnesota grew 45 percent over the previous five years.

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