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John Stennes / Forum News Service St. Joseph's Food Pantry Director JoAnn Brundin, left, and Maria LeBlanc, a case manager at St. Joseph's Social Care and Thrift Store in Grand Forks, stock the food pantry shelves Thursday.

Food stamp cuts worry pantries


GRAND FORKS — A woman walked slowly through the food pantry at the St. Joseph’s Social Care and Thrift Store in Grand Forks on Thursday, examining each shelf as a volunteer advised how much of each she could choose.

“I’m on food stamps but I don’t want to be,” she said later, growing emotional. Nerve damage in her leg has prevented her from holding a steady job the past three years, she said.

Starting today, it may get worse.

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