Meals and food donations
B&B Market, Cloquet: For more information call B&B Market at 218-879-3555 or visit the market at 506 Big Lake Road, Cloquet. Monetary donations for gift cards can be made over the phone. Anyone who receives a gift card from B&B must use it immediately on groceries or meat. No tobacco products or gas are allowed.
Community food table: Troy's Service Center, 302 Second St., Proctor. The public is welcome to help themselves Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations welcome. Organized by the "Residents of Proctor, MN" Facebook group.
Community Kitchen: Duluth's Damiano Center serves meals in the parking lot Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 8:30-Continental breakfast, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and dinner, 5-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Kids' Kitchen: Duluth's Damiano Center serves boxed meals Monday to Thursday from 3-6 p.m. at the Second Avenue West entrance. The building and other programs are closed except to staff and volunteers preparing meals. Email email@example.com for more information.
Personal protective equipment donations
Fond du Lac Reservation PPE donations: The Fond du Lac Reservation is seeking unused N95 masks, sealed and in good condition; unused hand sanitizer, at least 60% alcohol; disposable nitrile gloves, sizes small, medium, large and extra-large; and sewn face masks. Donations will go to the Fond du Lac Emergency of Operations Center and Fond du Lac health care facilities. To have donations picked up, call the FDL EOC Community Hotline at 218-878-7175 or mail them to 1720 Big Lake Road, Cloquet, MN 55720.
Essentia PPE donations: Essentia Health's West Market has a drop-off for personal protective equipment at Miller Hill Health Plaza, 1600 Miller Trunk Road, Duluth, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Items needed include unopened, medical-grade N95 masks, gowns, eye protection and gloves; face shields; and handmade cotton surgical masks. Donors are asked to remain in their vehicles and wait for site staff to collect donations, which will be cataloged and distributed where needed. For more information, call Tonya Loken at 218-786-4016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Luke's PPE donations: Most critical needs are for surgical and industrial grade supplies, including N95 masks, face shields, Tyvek suits and gowns coated with polypropylene. Handsewn cloth masks are still needed and accepted. PPE donations can be dropped off at St. Luke’s Building A first-floor entrance Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Twin Ports Mask Brigade: Seeking N95 masks, unused and in good condition. Sealed is preferred, but some organizations accept open packages. Wash hands thoroughly before handling masks for donation. Volunteers wanted with skills in communications, social media, logistics and tech, and those with a porch or garage to gather supplies. To have masks picked up for donation, to volunteer or if you need masks, visit sites.google.com/view/twinportsmaskbrigade/home.
Online monetary fundraisers
FeedtheKidsDuluth: A partnership between the Evolve Duluth Wellness Foundation and Burrito Union provides free meals for Duluth kids during the pandemic. Go Fund Me page: gofundme.com/f/feedthekidsduluth.
United Way of Carlton County: The organization is accepting donations for its COVID-19 Local Relief Fund. The fund will be used to help Carlton County residents fulfill basic needs such as food, diapers, cleaning supplies and hygiene items. Gift cards to local grocery stores are also being accepted. Text "UWCARLTON" to 41444 to make a donation, or mail grocery cards to United Way of Carlton County, P.O. Box 250, Cloquet, MN 55720.
Vikre Distillery Free Sanitizer: The Vikre Distillery in Duluth is manufacturing hand sanitizer to be distributed to first responders, health care facilities and others. Go Fund Me page: gofundme.com/f/jdgyx-vikre-distillery-free-sanitizer.
Duluth Virtual Tip Jar: A Hermantown resident, Pat Malley, started a virtual tip jar for service workers out of a job. Malley told the News Tribune he hopes people will use the website to donate to the service workers they recognize. People can donate to area service workers at duluthian.org.
Healthcare Workers Meal Fund: The Border Town Betties social club is creating credit accounts at restaurants where St. Luke's and Essentia staff can call to order meals during breaks when hospitals are hit by COVID-19 patients. The group's Facebook page is updated daily with pinup hair tutorials, tips on creating a vintage look, beard styling and more. The goal is to raise $10,000. Donate via the group's Venmo account, bordertownbetties; Paypal, email@example.com (memo: "health workers meal fund"; or arrange to pay with a check or cash.
Look Out for the Helpers: The Rambler food truck, MidCoast Catering and Yellow Bike Coffee are raising money to deliver coffee, bakery items and meals to health care workers. Donate at gofundme.com/lookoutforthehelpers.
Lift Lincoln Park: The Hanson family, owners of Duluth Grill, OMC Smokehouse, Corktown Deli and Noble Pour, have started a campaign to help businesses in Lincoln Park. For $50, supporters will receive an OMC Smokehhouse cookbook and a $15 gift card to a Lincoln Park business of their choice. The last $10 goes to the Lifting Lincoln Park fund managed by the nonprofit Ecolibrium3, which will funnel money to neighborhood relief projects. Learn more about the campaign at indiegogo.com/projects/get-the-omc-cookbook-and-lift-lincoln-park#.
St. Luke’s COVID-19 Response Fund: St. Luke’s Foundation launched an online donation page specifically supporting St. Luke’s efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The dollars raised will be used where the need is most urgent. Donations can be made at slhduluth.com/DonateCOVID19.
Creative community service
Signs for Grand Rapids hospital workers: Kids and adults are asked to make signs of encouragement and appreciation for Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital health care and environmental service workers in Grand Rapids. Use 8.5-by-11-inch paper so the signs can be taped to windows near entrances. Collection boxes at YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids entrance. For more information, visit the "Itasca county people in the need of help during the Corona Crisis" Facebook group.
Mental Health Minnesota CONNECT: Mental Health Minnesota has launched CONNECT, which provides social connections by phone between volunteers and people who are struggling with social isolation, loneliness, stress and anxiety. Volunteers also provide people with information and resources to help address mental health concerns if needed. To sign up to receive CONNECT phone calls or to volunteer, visit mentalhealthmn.org.
Phone calls, grocery runs for seniors: Age Well Arrowhead in Duluth is looking for students home from school to sign up to make check-in phone calls to seniors in their homes or make cards that can be delivered with their groceries. Age Well Arrowhead is also seeking volunteers to deliver groceries to seniors. To sign up to volunteer, call 218-623-7800.
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