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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.

"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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