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Volunteer Cindy Klug, Two Harbors Food Shelf Board member Howard Mallory and volunteer Delores Rees process donations to the food shelf. The organization is facing reduced donations and increased need during tough economic times. Photo by Holly Henry

The Two Harbors Area Food Shelf is in desperate need of help.

Increased unemployment and an uncertain economy have greatly impacted the organization in recent months, according to Arrowhead RSVP Volunteer Coordinator, Deade Johnson.

More than 9,000 pounds of food have been distributed to area families so far this year and more than 100 families currently depend on the food shelf for assistance.

"The need has increased and the supplies have decreased," Johnson said.

Lead volunteer and manager of the Two Harbors Food Shelf, Rose Kiekhafer said an additional 19 families sought help from the shelter for the first time last month.

"So far we have been able to meet the needs of the people and families that come, thanks to the ongoing generosity of local residents," she said. "But recently we've started to run short on food donations and it has been harder to adequately meet a family's needs when they come for help."

Johnson anticipated the fall would be the most difficult time for the shelter.

"We made up 127 Thanksgiving baskets last year," she said. "We know that will be double this year."

The food shelf is in particularly in need of powdered milk, cereal, baking items, potatoes, cleaning products, crackers, tooth paste and shampoo.

Kiekhafer said they would also gratefully accept surplus from people's gardens.

"If people have extra from their gardens or fruit trees we can distribute those items too," she said.

The food shelf is also seeking volunteers to help unload trucks that come from the food bank, distribute food at the food shelf and perform clerical duties.

The Two Harbors Food Shelf is located in the AEOA building at 2124 10th Street or call (218) 834-2280.