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Paynesville Press - December 12, 2001

Damaged goods help relief efforts

By Linda Stelling

Owners of grocery stores in five states are donating damaged food items to help feed the relief workers in New York City. Joel's Family Foods of Paynesville is one of the stores donating food items.

The store packs damaged items, such as dented cans and torn bags, into a large box and returns them to the Affiliated Foods warehouse in Nebraska. The items can't be sold in stores, but they are still good, said store owner Joel Burr.

Affiliated Foods has shipped about 48,000 pounds of food valued at $36,000 to New York City so far.

The food items help provide food to feed the firefighters and military personnel working at ground zero. "Being a firefighter, the tragedy really hit home," Burr said.

Since April, his store has sent about 30 boxes to the warehouse. Prior to the terrorist attack, the food items were distributed to food shelves.

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