Donations and volunteers welcome at Cook County Food Shelf

The Cook County Food Shelf, like many other community food programs, sees increased usage in winter months. And unfortunately, because communities all around the region see a greater need, the food available at greatly discounted prices through the Second Harvest Food Bank is reduced.
So in the time of seasonal layoffs and families struggling to pay winter utility bills, when the need is the greatest, the food supply is the lowest. If the local food shelf runs short, it must purchase food at retail prices.
So although the “season of giving” is over, the Cook County Food Shelf could use a little more help. It is very easy to contribute.  Donations of non-perishable foods can be dropped off at the Cook County Food Shelf at the First Congregational Church at Third Avenue and Second Street in Grand Marais.
Financial donations can be delivered to the church office on 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. If you want to call first to ensure the office is open to give a donation, call (218) 387-2113.
Checks may also be mailed to: Cook County Food Shelf, P.O. Box 95, Grand Marais, MN 55604.
If you want to volunteer time, there is always a task to be done—unloading deliveries, packing boxes, or helping with distribution. If you would like more information about volunteering, contact Bill or Gwen Lenz at (218) 387-9860.

Need help?
Sometimes situations come up such as unexpected medical bills, reduced work hours, or even unemployment. That is what the Cook County Food Shelf is intended to help with. If you are facing an unexpected budgetary crisis, the Food Shelf can supply a box that supplies three nutritious meals for three days. The Food Shelf is open 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. every Monday.
However, the Food Shelf is not meant to be used on a regular basis to stretch a family’s household budget. If a family has an ongoing financial shortfall every month, leaving them unable to purchase food, they are encouraged to contact Cook County Social Services at (218) 387-3620.
For more information about receiving food shelf assistance call (218) 387-9860.