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Jessica Johnson, 16, right, Shannon Haglund, 18, center, and Samuel Johnson, 14, work Wednesday with a group of Kerkhoven youth packing backpacks of food for the Grow Mobile program at the Willmar Area Food Shelf. The food shelf was one of a handful of nonprofits in the area to report an increase in donations in the past year. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Some nonprofits feel the recession's sting

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The food shelf Brenda Voigt manages in Litchfield faces a dilemma. A bad economy has spurred more people to seek the food shelf's free food to ease their grocery bills, but has also created a situation in which fewer people are willing or able to donate.

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"More people are coming to us, but we don't have as much to give," she said, summing up the problem.

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