Minnesota FoodShare Month begins and looking for donations

WDIO
Updated: March 08, 2021 11:08 AM
Created: March 02, 2021 10:48 PM

Just as CHUM is celebrating 40 years of operating their food shelf, Monday kicked off the 40th annual Minnesota FoodShare Month. 

Running through March until April 11th, CHUM wants to reach their goal of raising $150,000 and collect 50,000 pounds of food. 

Organizations like area Boy Scout troops often help out, but the pandemic made things difficult. However, in a few weeks scouts will be out scouting for food.

"The scouts have generously offered to add an additional drive for us, so they will be doing scouting for food on the last Saturday of March,” said CHUM Distributive Services Director Scott Van Daele. “They'll be at almost every grocery store from Two Harbors down to Cloquet raising food and money and helping us and the Twin Ports stay stocked."

The region's Scout Executive says scouts are looking forward to helping combat food insecurity as troops across the country will help collect food donations.

"In the northland, we annually collect about 25,000 pounds of food to help the food shelf and we appreciate people like Scott and others like him, because there are so many people with food insecurity,” said Michael Jenkins, Scout Executive of Voyageurs Area Council. “We want to be a part of the solution for our communities to make sure they get a good meal every day."

CHUM will have more than just the scouts helping them out. 

They're working with 28 local farmers from Bayfield to Wrenshall to help bring fresh produce to the food shelf throughout the year throughout the year.

And for donations made this month, the Greater Minneapolis Community Connections' Minnesota FoodShare campaign is matching every dollar and pound of food donated during March to CHUM.

This article has been updated to correct the name of the organization that runs the FoodShare campaign.

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