Helping the Hungry: How to Double Your Donation
Posted at: 03/05/2013 6:29 PM
| Updated at: 03/05/2013 8:51 PM
By: Dayna Landgrebe
How often do you think about what it takes to put food on your table each night? For many Minnesotans, the task is not always that easy. But, with the help of organizations like Churches United in Ministry (CHUM), the burden can be a bit less.
On Tuesday, CHUM held its official kick-off for the Minnesota FoodShare Campaign at its West food shelf.
The FoodShare Campaign happens each year through the entire month of March. Any donation is proportionally matched by the campaign, a program of the Greater Minnesota Council of Churches.
Meg Kearns, Distribution Services Director for CHUM, said it's easy to forget that there are real people with hunger.
"Behind every statistic, there are people. There are names and faces and stories and most of the people that come into the food shelf never thought they'd be needing to use a food shelf," Kearns said.
Kearns also said hunger can often be an invisible problem.
"Hunger for most of us in the community can be somewhat invisible... it could be the person that was riding next to us on the bus this morning, or it could be someone whose waiting on us the grocery store. It could be our parents," Kearns said.
One of those people used to be a Duluth woman named Stacy, who spoke at Tuesday's event. She detailed her struggles with homelessness and alcoholism, and how the food shelf helped her. Stacy is back on her feet, and currently volunteers at CHUM.