CHUM food shelf continuing mission to feed families in need during COVID-19

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: October 23, 2020 05:41 PM

Many families face the daily struggle of not knowing when or how they'll get their next meal. Organizations like CHUM are creating change. They have stepped up so that no family goes hungry. All this, while adapting to the times and upgrading their efforts to meet the community's needs during the pandemic.

"This is about what it feels like if you invented something that everybody wants and you can't produce enough of it is literally what we're doing here. We can't produce as much food as is needed on a given basis," said Scott Van Daele, the CHUM director of distributive services.

Feeding thousands of families during this health pandemic hasn't been easy. The CHUM food shelf has managed to accomplish that though and are busier than they've ever been.

"We give out 184 boxes every single week between us and out west. All those boxes disappear and then a new week starts and we have to build another 184 boxes," said Van Daele.

Many families are not making the same income right now, or are unemployed, or even homeless.

Thankfully, help from the community has kept the food shelf's mission of providing food to families in need possible.

"It's important because people need it, you know there's a lot of homeless because of this thing going on," said Bruce Faust, a volunteer at the CHUM food shelf. "It's a workout sometimes you know but it's nice to give back to the community and let the community know we have this going on."

Each box of food is packed with 50 pounds of items like produce, meat, pasta, beverages, and more.

"They're very grateful people are grateful that it's open that they have somewhere to go if they ain't got nothing," said Faust.

CHUM has also been grateful for the generosity they've seen during these times from the community.

A lot of local places step in to help with food donations like the Bay Produce Company in Superior.

"I think we are donating thousands of pounds a week to CHUM so we are helping a lot of people," said Richard Fischer, a grower at Bay Produce Company.

"We're gonna hit numbers. In July and August we're up almost 77,000 pounds of food in just two months. The community throughout the whole ordeal continues to be incredibly supportive and incredibly generous," said Van Daele.

Donations are always needed at CHUM. Click here to donate.

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