Meals and food donations
B&B Market, Cloquet: Monetary donations for gift cards can be made over the phone. Anyone who receives a gift card from B&B must use it immediately on groceries or meat. No tobacco products or gas are allowed. For more information, call B&B Market at 218-879-3555 or visit the market at 506 Big Lake Road, Cloquet.
Burrito Union and DuluthSign: For every $5 donated a lunch will be provided by Burrito Union and delivered to health care workers throughout the Northland. A sticker donated by DuluthSign will be donated with every lunch. Visit the Facebook Fundraiser for details.
Community food table: Troy's Service Center, 302 Second St., Proctor. The public is welcome to help themselves Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations welcome. Organized by the "Residents of Proctor, MN" Facebook group.
Community Kitchen: Duluth's Damiano Center serves meals in the parking lot Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 8:30-Continental breakfast, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and dinner, 5-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday only. Email email@example.com for more information.
Kids' Kitchen: Duluth's Damiano Center serves boxed meals Monday to Thursday from 3-6 p.m. at the Second Avenue West entrance. The building and other programs are closed except to staff and volunteers preparing meals. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Two Harbors Food Shelf: The Food Shelf is seeking monetary donations, as well as cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, tuna, tissues and other household items, such as shampoo and deodorant. Donations can be arranged Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call ahead at 218-391-8191 to ensure there are enough volunteers to accept donations.
Personal protective equipment donations
Cloth masks for Cloquet Area Fire District: The department is asking for donations of 20-40 cloth face masks for staff members. Drop off donations at Station 1, 508 Cloquet Ave., Cloquet.
PPE for Community Memorial Hospital and Sunnyside Health Care Center: The Cloquet facilities are asking for donations of latex-free gloves, disposable gowns, surgical and clinical masks, homemade masks, N95 respirators, face shields, Tyvek suits, powered air-purifying respirators, thermometers (tympani preferred, oral cap covers, infrared), Oxivir disinfectant, hand sanitizer swabs, cleaning wipes with bleach, viral culture media, hair covers, shoe booties, expired items if unopened and unused. Masks and other small items can be placed on the table inside the front main entrance at CMH from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Essentia PPE donations: Essentia Health's West Market has a drop-off for personal protective equipment at Miller Hill Health Plaza, 1600 Miller Trunk Road, Duluth, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Items needed include unopened, medical-grade N95 masks, gowns, eye protection and gloves; face shields; and handmade cotton surgical masks. Donors are asked to remain in their vehicles and wait for site staff to collect donations, which will be cataloged and distributed where needed. For more information, call Tonya Loken at 218-786-4016 or email email@example.com.
Face cloth coverings for Duluth Public Schools: District staff come in daily to support emergency child care for critical workers; make and distribute thousands of meals for students; and compile curriculum packets for distribution to families without internet access. Staff need cloth face coverings; however, the district notes that Centers for Disease Control guidance says the cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for health care workers and medical first responders. For more information about donating, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 218-336-8735.
Fond du Lac Reservation PPE donations: The Fond du Lac Reservation is seeking unused N95 masks, sealed and in good condition; unused hand sanitizer, at least 60% alcohol; disposable nitrile gloves, sizes small, medium, large and extra-large; and sewn face masks. Donations will go to the Fond du Lac Emergency of Operations Center and Fond du Lac health care facilities. To have donations picked up, call the FDL EOC Community Hotline at 218-878-7175 or mail them to 1720 Big Lake Road, Cloquet, MN 55720.
Land of 10,000 Masks: Essentia Health and St. Luke's are seeking 10,000 homemade cloth masks for use by patients, staff and other community members in need. Instructions can be found at essentiahealth.org/masks and slhduluth.com/masks. Donations are accepted at Essentia Health-Miller Hill Health Plaza, 1600 Miller Trunk Highway, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; St. Luke’s Building A (first-floor entrance), 1015 E. First St., from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; and VIP Pizza-Superior, 1201 Tower Ave., from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. seven days a week.
Sew What Lake County?!: Lake County Emergency Management is asking residents to make and donate homemade masks for emergency services units and residents. While homemade masks are not considered medical-grade PPE, they can help with source control for people with symptoms, extend the life of PPE and protect workers and patients. Masks can be dropped off at the following locations after calling ahead to make arrangements: Lake County Offices at 99 Edison Blvd., Silver Bay, 218-226-4443; Lake County Health & Human Services at 616 Third. Ave., Two Harbors, 218-834-8400; Finland Community Center, 6866 Cramer Road, Finland, 218-353-0300. For more information and instructions, visit co.lake.mn.us.
St. Luke's PPE donations: Most critical needs are for surgical and industrial grade supplies, including N95 masks, face shields, Tyvek suits and gowns coated with polypropylene. Handsewn cloth masks are still needed and accepted. PPE donations can be dropped off at St. Luke’s Building A first-floor entrance Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Twin Ports Mask Brigade: Seeking unused personal protective equipment such as home-sewn fabric masks, dust masks, N95 masks, face shields, gloves and gowns for health care and frontline workers. To have a volunteer pick up the donation from your house or business, fill out a form online at twinportsmaskbrigade.com. Donations will be delivered directly to local health care and emergency workers in need of protection.
NAACP mask donations: The Duluth Branch NAACP is collecting face masks donations. The NAACP is giving away masks for free to members of the black, indigenous and people of color communities, as COVID-19 disproportionately impacts these communities. Masks for children and adults are needed. To drop off cloth masks, contact the NAACP Communications Committee at email@example.com or donate to the Twin Ports Mask Brigade.
Cloth masks for congregate living settings: St. Louis County is partnering with area fire departments to hold an ongoing cloth mask drive. Cloth masks can be dropped off any time at fire halls in Duluth, Ely, Grand Lake Township, Hermantown, Hibbing, Lakewood Township, Proctor and Virginia. St. Louis County staff will then distribute the masks to congregate living facilities in the county.
Pay It Foward PPE: Ecolibrium3 will be filling 60 four-hour volunteer sessions at Essentia Heritage Sports Center in Duluth to complete 360,000 face shields and provide 30,000 face masks to community members. Businesses and organizations that are interested in volunteering can visit Ecolibrium3’s website to register their group at www.ecolibrium3.org/pay-it-forward-ppe.
Online monetary fundraisers
2020 Ice Out Feed Our Heroes: Three Northland children are raising money to provide meals to essential workers and support local restaurants. For every $1,000 donated, they will jump in a lake. Learn more at gofundme.com/f/2020-ice-out-feed-our-heros.
Duluth Virtual Tip Jar: A Hermantown resident, Pat Malley, started a virtual tip jar for service workers out of a job. Malley told the News Tribune he hopes people will use the website to donate to the service workers they recognize. Donate to area service workers at duluthian.org.
FeedtheKidsDuluth: A partnership between the Evolve Duluth Wellness Foundation and Burrito Union provides free meals for Duluth kids during the pandemic. GoFundMe page: gofundme.com/f/feedthekidsduluth.
Healthcare Workers Meal Fund: The Border Town Betties social club is creating credit accounts at restaurants where St. Luke's and Essentia staff can call to order meals during breaks when hospitals are hit by COVID-19 patients. The group's Facebook page is updated daily with pinup hair tutorials, tips on creating a vintage look, beard styling and more. The goal is to raise $10,000. Donate via the group's Venmo account, bordertownbetties; Paypal, firstname.lastname@example.org (memo: "health workers meal fund"); or arrange to pay with a check or cash.
Lift Lincoln Park: The Hanson family, owners of Duluth Grill, OMC Smokehouse, Corktown Deli and Noble Pour, have started a campaign to help businesses in Lincoln Park. For $50, supporters will receive an OMC Smokehhouse cookbook and a $15 gift card to a Lincoln Park business of their choice. The last $10 goes to the Lifting Lincoln Park fund managed by the nonprofit Ecolibrium3, which will funnel money to neighborhood relief projects. Learn more about the campaign at indiegogo.com/projects/get-the-omc-cookbook-and-lift-lincoln-park#.
Look Out for the Helpers: The Rambler food truck, MidCoast Catering and Yellow Bike Coffee are raising money to deliver coffee, bakery items and meals to health care workers. GoFundMe page: gofundme.com/lookoutforthehelpers.
St. Luke’s COVID-19 Response Fund: St. Luke’s Foundation launched an online donation page specifically supporting St. Luke’s efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The dollars raised will be used where the need is most urgent. Donations can be made at slhduluth.com/DonateCOVID19.
SOAR Career Solutions: The organization, which pairs people with careers, has moved its annual fundraiser online. For every $5 offered, donors will be entered in a drawing to receive gift cards to local businesses. Donations can be made at soarcareers.org.
United Way of Carlton County: The organization is accepting donations for its COVID-19 Local Relief Fund. The fund will be used to help Carlton County residents fulfill basic needs such as food, diapers, cleaning supplies and hygiene items. Gift cards to local grocery stores are also being accepted. Text "UWCARLTON" to 41444 to make a donation, or mail grocery cards to United Way of Carlton County, P.O. Box 250, Cloquet, MN 55720.
Vikre Distillery Free Sanitizer: The Vikre Distillery in Duluth is manufacturing hand sanitizer to be distributed to first responders, health care facilities and others. GoFundMe page: gofundme.com/f/jdgyx-vikre-distillery-free-sanitizer.
Signs for Grand Rapids hospital workers: Kids and adults are asked to make signs of encouragement and appreciation for Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital health care and environmental service workers in Grand Rapids. Use 8.5-by-11-inch paper so the signs can be taped to windows near entrances. Collection boxes at YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids entrance. For more information, visit the "Itasca county people in the need of help during the Corona Crisis" Facebook group.
Send a caring message: As Minnesota continues social distancing, St. Louis County asks people to send a caring message to someone. This could be a loved one, someone who may be struggling or a person who works on the frontlines of the pandemic. The county has created an online form to send a message to people working in assisted living facilities, nursing homes and health care settings. These message will be shared with staff and on social media.
Mental Health Minnesota CONNECT: Mental Health Minnesota has launched CONNECT, which provides social connections by phone between volunteers and people who are struggling with social isolation, loneliness, stress and anxiety. Volunteers also provide people with information and resources to help address mental health concerns if needed. To sign up to receive CONNECT phone calls or to volunteer, visit mentalhealthmn.org.
Phone calls, grocery runs for seniors: Age Well Arrowhead in Duluth is looking for students home from school to sign up to make check-in phone calls to seniors in their homes or make cards that can be delivered with their groceries. Age Well Arrowhead is also seeking volunteers to deliver groceries to seniors. To sign up to volunteer, call 218-623-7800.
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