Updated: May 06, 2021 09:45 PM
Created: May 06, 2021 05:46 PM
The pandemic brought to light a number of deep-rooted problems within our community; food insecurity being one of them. But CHUM is hoping to make things easier for those in need, with a new food delivery service.
"During COVID, we realized there was never a lack of food," says Scott Van Daele, CHUM's Distributive Services Director. "And there never really should be a lack of food. There's plenty of it to go around, there's plenty of it being wasted on a daily basis. And to hear people that are at home and unable to leave their houses and not have that food is troubling to all of us."
'CHUM2Go' is a free food delivery service for anyone who has trouble getting to the grocery store. Whether it's not affordable or physical barriers are present, CHUM says the goal is to make it easy and efficient.
"We will literally deliver pre-packed boxes, as of right now to folks that are home-bound. We're focusing on those 65 and older, those that have medical health conditions, and those who have families with small children who are unable to come down and spend the time to wait in line for one of these," says Van Daele.
Deliveries will be during the second and fourth weeks of the month, on Tuesday's and Thursdays. Van Daele says they'll be delivering to 120 households at first, but hope to bump that up to 200 households as supplies increase.
"Lots of times, people find that food comes last. And truly, that shouldn't happen. So our goal is to make food come first, and make food come first always," says Van Daele.
For those who are interested in scheduling a delivery, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (218) 727-2391.
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