More and more Children go hungry. When ever I hear stories about pets and children, I automatically put my pet and child into the story. Maybe that is the way to give more. Now that kids are out of school, more go hungry without school lunches to rely on.

When children are home from school during the summer months, families often need more resources to fill empty plates. Currently, one in five families in Minnesota faces hunger, according to the Open Your Heart challenge.

The CHUM Food Shelf needs your help to provide for struggling families by donating in July, as all donations will be proportionately matched through the Open Your Heart challenge. This means that the more you donate to the food shelf in July, the larger their share of the $150,000 Open Your Heart grant will be.

Everyone remembers to give around the holidays but really the need is greater, especially for families, in the summer. Today, the food shelf distributes 230,000 pounds of food annually and serves nearly 460 households with emergency food each month. Thirty seven percent (37%) of those we serve are children.

Imagine your child being hungry. Families are doing what they can, but between working and trying to provide it's harder, and more families are in need.

Donations can be made online click here , or a check labeled “Summer Food Challenge” can be mailed to: CHUM, 102 W. Second St., Duluth, MN 55802.

For more information about the CHUM Food Shelf, click here