Food donations

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.

Food drive for Duluth's CHUM food shelf: Blue Heron Trading Co. will pick up donations from doorsteps Friday, March 27. To donate nonperishable food, direct-message Blue Heron Trading Co. on its Facebook page by 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26. Bags must be on doorsteps for pickup by 9 a.m. Friday.

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 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 for more information.

Personal protective equipment donations

Twin Ports Mask Brigade: Seeking N95 masks, unused and in good condition. Sealed is preferred, but some organizations accept open packages. Wash hands thoroughly before handling masks for donation. Volunteers wanted with skills in communications, social media, logistics and tech, and those with a porch or garage to gather supplies. To have masks picked up for donation, to volunteer or if you need masks, visit

Online monetary fundraisers

FeedtheKidsDuluth: A partnership between the Evolve Duluth Wellness Foundation and Burrito Union provides free meals for Duluth kids during the pandemic. Go Fund Me page:

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. Go Fund Me page:

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. People can donate to area service workers at

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, (memo: "health workers meal fund"; or arrange to pay with a check or cash.

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. Donate at

Creative community service

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.


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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