Food Shelves Benefit More With Donations in March
Posted at: 03/11/2013 5:40 PM
| Updated at: 03/11/2013 10:41 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
In March, food shelves across Minnesota make a push for donations because food and money collected is able to go a lot further. The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign matches donations statewide.
"It's really critical, especially in terms of cash donations," CHUM Emergency Food Shelf Coordinator Meg Kearns said. "We generate close to 50 percent of our operating income in one month."
Depending on how many donations each food shelf brings in, each shelf will get an additional percentage of the Minnesota FoodShare's money pool this month.
"It's important to help our neighbors in need," Kearns said. "I really do believe that hunger in Duluth, in many communities, is somewhat invisible."
The CHUM Food Shelf serves 500 families a month which equals about 20,000 pounds of food. Shandale Jones works to stock shelves at CHUM, but he's also a customer.
"It really benefits me and my daughter, by me being a single parent," Jones said.
For Jones, working at the CHUM Food Shelf means more than a paycheck.
"I just like helping people, putting smiles on their faces," Jones said. "I feel real proud being a part of CHUM. They really help out people in the community. It's a good thing for Duluth."
There are several Northland food shelves participating in the campaign. The Salvation Army Food Shelf said they've seen a lower turnout this March and would appreciate more donations.
If you would like to donate, you can drop by your local food shelf with money or food donation.