Food shelves seeking donations for Minnesota FoodShare Month

By KBJR News 1

March 9, 2014 Updated Mar 9, 2014 at 10:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - If you've been thinking about giving food to local food shelves lately, this is the time to do it.

March is Minnesota FoodShare Month, when food shelves throughout the state of Minnesota are challenged to raise food and funds to support their local communities.

For every contribution of cash and food during March, the Duluth Emergency Food Shelf at CHUM will receive extra dollars from the MN FoodShare Food Fund, as well as the Feinstein Foundation.

The 6,073 different individuals, 36% being children, who received food, did not use the Food Shelf as a grocery store but as a resource to tap during a real emergency, when they could not feed their families.

"The winter has really been brutal, and that's been hard for people because heating bills are going up. Heating bills just in any winter are hard, because sometimes it's hard to budget for them," said CHUM Food Shelf Director Meg Kearns, "but now people are well beyond what they may have budgeted for heating."

During 2013, CHUM distributed 10 tons of food every month to feed those who are hungry in Duluth.

Billy Wagness