Project Joy makes big donations to help feed hungry kids |

Project Joy makes big donations to help feed hungry kids

Updated: June 23, 2022 05:41 PM
Created: June 23, 2022 02:28 PM

More families are facing hunger these days, as the food shelves in town have seen over and over again.

CHUM put out the call for help a week ago because their food shelf was running out of supplies. And Project Joy heard that call, and answered it.

They donated $30,000 to agencies on Thursday, divided among CHUM, Union Gospel Mission, and the Duluth Area Family YMCA.

All three groups are very grateful.

Laura Plys and her loved ones started Project Joy 10 years ago, in honor of her late husband, Patrick Plys. "Our mission has always been about feeing kids, and making sure their needs are met. Choosing joy, spreading hope, ending hunger. That's been our mission statement," she said.

Support from area restaurants who put out tip jars in the fall helped them collect funds. Businesses sometimes send them checks as well.

There is also a fundraiser for Project Joy coming up at Critter Hill Golf Course on Saturday, July 23rd. It's called "Fore the Kids." 

Click here for more info on Facebook: Fore the Kids

If you need food help, here's what the three organization offer.

CHUM: The CHUM Food Shelf located at 120 N 1st Ave West is open Wednesdays and Fridays starting at 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. or supplies run out. The West Duluth Food Shelf at Our Saviors Lutheran Church on Grand is open Mondays from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. or until supplies run out.

UNION GOSPEL MISSION: Lunch at 12pm Tuesday-Friday, adding in Mondays in July. 219 E 1st Street, Duluth. There's also breakfasts on Wednesdays and Fridays, and dinners on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays.

YMCA: Food pick up at Duluth Area Family YMCA 4-5:30pm on Wednesdays. Food pick up at Essentia Health Wellness Center 4-5:30pm on Thursdays. 

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