(Generously Invest in Vital Entities)
WFC is participating in a statewide initiative that has been in place to help end hunger in Minnesota since 1982. Our local partner is CHUM, which operates with the philosophy that people in need of food should have access to this most fundamental of human needs. They strive to respond to the need for food in a manner that is compassionate and promotes respect for the individual, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, disability, or lifestyle.
More about the Minnesota FoodShare’s March Campaign
Minnesota FoodShare’s March Campaign is extremely important because it provides incentive dollars for donations of food and cash throughout the month of March. It is held during the time of year when food supplies are lowest throughout the year. March is a big month for the CHUM Food Shelf as forty-five percent of the operating budget, including food costs, are contributed through this campaign.
CHUM, along with approximately 100 volunteers, distribute 260,000 pounds of food annually. An average of 570 households receive emergency food each month; roughly 35% of those fed are children. During 2018, the Food Shelf distributed 298,919 pounds of food to 15,740 people in Duluth. The CHUM Food Shelf was a major source of each visiting family’s nutrition throughout the year. Together we are fulfilling our call to feed the hungry.
Rounding up through GIVE makes a difference because for every $1 donated, CHUM can secure $7 worth of food through its partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank. Yes, food contributions help, but money helps too!!
In addition to providing food access for those in need, CHUM also provides advocacy services connecting people to community resources (e.g. shelter, medical care, children’s services, employment, clothing, and emergency monies).
WFC is aiming to SQUASH HUNGER by raising over $10,000 through this month’s campaign.