Two Harbors residents are stepping up to support their neighbors in need by contributing to the Two Harbors Area Food Shelf as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Food Shelf Director Michelle Miller said they've been seeing about twice as many people on distribution days compared to before the crisis.

"The numbers are definitely up," Miller said. "So we could use some help."

Culver's in Two Harbors started contributing last week. General Manager Ryan Hoefs said he wanted to give back to the community, as they've always been supportive of the restaurant.

"It's a difficult time and many people are struggling to get by," Hoefs said. "So we focused on donating fresh produce as they don’t get enough of that. And we brought some specific things that restaurant places can easily acquire like individual salt and pepper packets, bottled water, individual cracker packets."

Culver's donated 660 pounds of food on Tuesday, March 24, and a load of 700 pounds the week prior. Hoefs has also made a concerted effort to publicize the food shelf's wish list of items by posting it at the restaurant.

"Someone was driving through and saw your poster about food donations (for) our wish list and brought it to the Moose Lodge and we’ve seen more donations," Miller said.

The wish list includes primarily monetary donations, as well as goods such as cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, tuna, tissues and other household items such as shampoo and deodorant.

Food shelf distribution continues through the crisis at regular hours — Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — but it's now a pick-up only curbside service.

"There's no need to get out of your car," Miller said. "We're trying to limit our personnel and contact, but we're here for people."

Donations can be arranged Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but Miller recommended calling ahead to ensure there are enough volunteers to accept the donations. Call 218-391-8191 before bringing donations.

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