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The Rev. Margaret Kelly closes a short service with a prayer last week at the Shobi’s Table ministry she runs out of a food truck on Payne Avenue in St. Paul. Kelly, a former chef, uses the truck to give free food to the poor. At left is Kelly’s mother, Carol. At right, volunteer Maurice Tribbett holds his 15-month-old daughter, Grace. Scott Takushi / St. Paul Pioneer Press

Food for the soul: Rev. Margaret Kelly offers free meals to those who are struggling – and a serving of religion to those who want it

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ST. PAUL - There are a couple of clues that the mobile kitchen parked every Thursday at lunchtime on Payne Avenue on St. Paul’s East Side this summer isn’t just another food truck.


First of all, the food – hot calzones – is free. And the person who drives the truck is a young woman in a clerical collar who likes to say, “Peace be with you.”

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