Pastors in Lakeside take action to provide food to hungry neighborsWhile area food shelves put forth a concerted effort to raise money and food during March, a group of congregations has opened a food shelf in Lakeside to serve hungry neighbors in the Lakeside, Lester Park and North Shore communities.
While area food shelves put forth a concerted effort to raise money and food during March, a group of congregations has opened a food shelf in Lakeside to serve hungry neighbors in the Lakeside, Lester Park and North Shore communities.
“My youth minister came to me with stories about young people coming to activities complaining about being hungry,” explained Joan Goeble, pastor at Lester Park United Methodist Church. She brought the concept to the Lakeside/Lester Park Clergy Association where she discovered other pastors in Lakeside, Lester Park and North Shore communities had also identified a need in their congregations.
“We learned that some people we serve at our churches may go to the CHUM Food Shelf but would prefer not have to drive so far,” said Goeble. Those who live in the country and are unemployed or underemployed are struggling to purchase gas and food. A food shelf in Lakeside will allow them to drive less and still get supplemental emergency food.
CHUM is sponsoring the Lakeside Food Shelf at Faith Lutheran Church at 51st Avenue East and Glenwood Street, which is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Monday. Volunteers from Lester Park United Methodist, Lakeside Presbyterian, Duluth Congregational, French River Lutheran, St. Michael’s Roman Catholic, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and Faith Lutheran churches are staffing the food shelf and CHUM is supplying nonperishable food to distribute. It is in the spirit of serving our neighbors that CHUM continues to support grassroots initiatives by area congregations.
The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign and the Feinstein Foundation will proportionately match contributions of cash or food to CHUM’s Duluth Emergency Food Shelves, in West Duluth, East (Downtown) Duluth and Lakeside, during March.
If you wish to help, mail or drop off donations at either 120 North First Ave. W. or 4831 Grand Ave., Duluth Checks should be made out to CHUM Food Shelf. Donations also can be made online at www.chumduluth.org
Faith Lutheran Church is on a bus line and is handicapped accessible.