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CHISHOLM - It's supposed to be a time where area food shelves restock
and look forward to the year ahead, but the Chisholm Food Shelf is just
trying to keep up.
problem is slowly over time, the last six months or so their income has
not kept up with their expenses," Bonnie Ebnet, of the Arrowhead
Economic Opportunity Agency said.
Community members gathered Friday discussing ways to keep the food shelf up and running despite being in debt.
food shelf is an integral part of our community. Obviously they're
running on a deficit right now and it feels very important that we get
this ship back on the right track," Chisholm Mayor Mike Jugovich said.
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) oversees northeast
Minnesota food shelves and says the Chisholm Food Shelf assisted 1,000
more needy people this past year than in previous years.
bedroom community and obviously people are on fixed incomes, it's very
difficult. The economy's tough and money's not readily available,"
Those aren't the only people who are looking for help.
interesting thing is there's more seniors coming into the food shelf
that historically have very seldom visited, but now they find themselves
in a position where they need to seek assistance," Ebnet said.
to turn the food shelf's fortunes around include forming committees,
gaining new volunteers and possibly moving into an empty store front or
church to save on rent.
"I think if we work together we had some
really good ideas today. We need to implement them, get the board back
together, and move forward and we'll get this ship back on track,”
Community members and agencies are determined on
finding a way to continue providing for those in Chisholm and the
surrounding area no matter the cost.
"We will continue to help
them out financially and they can pay us back over whatever time period
they need. We're committed to this effort," Ebnet said.