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Holiday Crock-Pot Trade-Up announced

BEMIDJI -- Starting Thursday, Nov. 15, through Dec. 31, the Bemidji Community Food Shelf and Ace Hardware are partnering to help area food-insecure families prepare healthy meals and is inviting the public to take part.

Here is how it works: when you bring your gently used crock-pot (or a new one) to Bemidji Community Food Shelf, you will receive a donation receipt and a coupon for 15 percent off a new Crock-Pot or Hamilton Beach slow cooker at Ace on the Lake. Donated crock pots will be

passed along to food shelf customers to help them cook nutritious and affordable meals such as  dry bean dishes, which require longer cooking times.

The Food Shelf is also inviting customers, volunteers and the community to submit a favorite slow cooker recipe. The recipes will be shared with customers and volunteers at the food shelf and on their Facebook page. The food shelf also will choose several to prepare and sample in their kitchen.

Crock pots must be clean and in good working order. Bring them to BCFS at 1260 Exchange Ave. SE (one long block east of the Eagles Club). The best times are Monday, Wednesday or Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also call to arrange for another time at (218) 444-6580. Officials ask that the public not bring crock pots to Ace Hardware.