It's getting to that time of the season when people forget about food shelves and this is the time of year there is the most need. It starts to get colder and there are many families on the line of deciding between food or heat or healthcare.

This is your chance to help. Join CHUM and local Boy Scouts in “Scouting for Food” on Saturday, October 26 when the annual SHARE Food Drive takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You can donate either cash or food at participating grocery stores where they will be given a list of items most needed by food shelves as they enter the store. They can then purchase a few of those items [or a full shopping cart] and leave them at the store exit with volunteers.

No parent should have to skip meals to assure that their children are fed, but that is the reality for some people in our community. Area food shelves address hunger-related issues on a daily basis, but their efforts can only be successful with widespread community support.

Some of the grocery stores that are participating are: Super One Foods in Duluth and Cloquet, Mount Royal Fine Foods, Cub Foods, Whole Foods Coop, Homecroft Foods and Cloquet Walmart. People unable to shop on the 26th, can leave non-perishable items at the grocery store food donation barrel or bring them directly to these food shelf addresses: 120 N. 1st Ave. W. and 4831 Grand Ave.

Food received during the SHARE Food Drive is distributed through CHUM’s Duluth Emergency Food Shelf, the Salvation Army in Duluth and Cloquet, and the Hermantown Food Shelf. Each month these food shelves distribute more than 60,000 pounds of food to 1,100 households.

Volunteers are still needed to, transport food to the CHUM Food Shelf, as early as 9:00 a.m. on October 26, collect food from shoppers at a grocery store, and sort food. Contact Meg Kearns at 727-2391 or megkearns@chumduluth.org.