Chum food distribution will be suspended until April for interior work

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The food shelf’s “Refresh” project, which began in 2019, has been delayed due to supply chain issues and the pandemic.

DULUTH, Minnesota – CHUM is taking a break from its food distribution program as its Duluth building undergoes interior renovations.

Starting this Thursday, distribution from Downtown and West Duluth locations, mobile food deliveries and the CHUM2GO program will cease.

The CHUM expects this to continue until April 1.

The food shelf’s “Refresh” project, which began in 2019, has been delayed due to supply chain issues and the pandemic.

So when contractors were available, CHUM had to take the opportunity to continue installing new flooring, furniture, ceiling tiles, etc.

It’s all part of the $6,500 project funded by donations raised by Leadership Duluth.

“It seemed like the time, if we had to do it, we had to do it, otherwise we’re going to get slapped again and we won’t be able to do it again until the middle of the summer,” said Scott Van Daele, director of distribution services. “Obviously right now, since the start of the pandemic, we have literally been working on bare concrete floors. They’re dirty, they’re gross, they’re not safe.

“So it’s a step in the right direction to possibly reopen those doors later in the spring or early summer,” he said.

While the food shelf will be closed, Van Daele said they still need donations to stock up on when they reopen.

In the meantime, those in need of food assistance are encouraged to contact the Salvation Army, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank and the Duluth Vineyard Food Shelf.

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