Updated: July 23, 2021 05:50 PM
Created: July 23, 2021 01:24 PM
With summer upon us, the heat is on at the CHUM Food Shelf, and even though many of us are back at work and COVID restrictions have been lifted, we continue to see a rise in people looking for food and support.
Scott Van Daele, Director of Distributive Services shared, “Summer months are more difficult for families in the Twin Ports, as many are missing the free breakfast and lunch their children received during the school year. At the same time, donations of food and cash at the Food Shelf are lower than any other times of the year.”
Normally, CHUM would be asking for help to supply many Twin Ports children with school supplies for the upcoming school year, but we aren’t. Van Daele says, “Thanks to the incredible generosity of donors last year, we raised enough funds to cover the costs of 1400 complete school supply kits last year, and another 1400 kits for this year, that will be distributed in late August, to families in need. Instead, CHUM is asking for help to continue our mission of feeding the thousands of individuals and families that come to our door every year.”
Van Daele explains, “Due to an almost 30% increase in costs for durable goods, the increased cost of fuel, and the intense climate changes we are currently experiencing, the cost for CHUM to provide all of the food and supplies for our drive thru service at two locations, and delivery service across Duluth, has put a sizable burden on our ability to handle the load.”
Van Daele continued, “We have all noticed these small increases in our own lives, but imagine covering the cost of a simple can of soup for every visitor to the CHUM Food Shelf… almost $500 a month, and that is with our Second Harvest discounts!”
CHUM needs help to keep the supplies coming through our doors and out to our friends and neighbors in need throughout the community.
The CHUM Food Shelf is proud to partner with Open Your Heart, who is offering a Summer Challenge to leverage additional support for the Food Shelf. Throughout the month of July, your monetary gift will be matched proportionately to ensure our ability to provide fresh produce, meat, dairy, and non-perishables to individuals and families to help them stay healthy and thrive.
To donate: http://www,chumduluth.org
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