Updated: September 30, 2021 09:55 PM
Created: September 30, 2021 09:48 PM
Food insecurity continues to be an issue in Duluth, with about 6% of the city's population utilizing the services of local food shelves. CHUM saw that need, and is again expanding their services even further.
"Starting in October, every Tuesday, we will be making mobile food drops, with prepacked boxes of milk, and some perishable items, at different locations around Duluth," explained CHUM's director of distributive services, Scott Van Daele.
CHUM's food shelf is always available for those in need, but if getting to the food shelf is a problem, they'll come to you.
"We found that the majority of the clients we serve were having huge issues getting these products home. So we created a program, CHUM2GO, which is a delivery service for people who are immunocompromised, or who have small children at home, or just can't leave the house in general due to medical conditions."
Van Daele says there has also the issue of delivery timing not always working with people's schedules. So they created central drop spots throughout the city, where CHUM will bring the food to different communities that need it.
"The first Tuesday of every month, we're always going to be in Gloria Dei's parking lot. The second Tuesday of every month, we're all at Westminster Presbyterian. The third Tuesday of every month, we're always gonna be at Tri Towers. And the fourth Tuesday of every month, we're always gonna be at Steve O'Neal Apartments."
CHUM is also gearing up for Thanksgiving, but the price of food has significantly gone up compared to last year.
"Last year, we spent $3,000 on turkeys. This year, it's close to $7,000 for turkeys."
With that huge jump in cost, CHUM is asking the public to help fill those Thanksgiving boxes with monetary donations.
"The goal this year is to raise $18,000 to make this happen. We're just looking for that one extra step here, to send in some money on CHUMDuluth.org, or you can drop of checks or cash here at the food shelf."
CHUM gives out 300 food boxes each year, and this year, it costs about $60 to fill each one.
"I know $60 seems like a lot of money to spend on one box of food for 300 people. But for those 300 people, they get this box," shared Van Daele. "It's incredibly important for them and their families, and to think about not having somebody that you love not have the ability to cook a turkey and have family and friends over to celebrate the year is disheartening to most. Our goal is to raise this money and provide these boxes and hand them out to those in need."
The boxes include a turkey, corn, green beans, pumpkin pie filling, mac n cheese, stuffing, gravy... the whole nine yards.
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