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Donations and volunteers welcome at Cook County Food Shelf

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 12:10pm

The Cook County Food Shelf, like many other community food programs, sees increased usage in winter months. And unfortunately, because communities all around the region see a greater need, the food available at greatly discounted prices through the Second Harvest Food Bank is reduced.
So in the time of seasonal layoffs and families struggling to pay winter utility bills, when the need is the greatest, the food supply is the lowest. If the local food shelf runs short, it must purchase food at retail prices.
So although the “season of giving” is over, the Cook County Food Shelf could use a little more help. It is very easy to contribute.  Donations of non-perishable foods can be dropped off at the Cook County Food Shelf at the First Congregational Church at Third Avenue and Second Street in Grand Marais.
Financial donations can be delivered to the church office on 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. If you want to call first to ensure the office is open to give a donation, call (218) 387-2113.
Checks may also be mailed to: Cook County Food Shelf, P.O. Box 95, Grand Marais, MN 55604.
If you want to volunteer time, there is always a task to be done—unloading deliveries, packing boxes, or helping with distribution. If you would like more information about volunteering, contact Bill or Gwen Lenz at (218) 387-9860.

Support youth programs and find savings with Kids Plus coupon book

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 12:07pm

Kids Plus coupon books are now available, with a new look and lots of new ways to save money while helping local youth programs.
The coupon books offer huge savings from 43 local businesses, and are available for $25 at Blue Water Cafe, Cook County Community Center, Grand Marais Pool, Great Gifts, Isak Hansen, Java Moose, Joynes Ben Franklin, and Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply.
What does the money raised from the sale of Cook County Kids Plus coupon books support? Kids Plus, Community Education and Extension share their resources to provide opportunities for youth throughout the county.
Programs include Out of School Adventures, Enrichment Programs that supplement and support student learning outside of the school setting, Summer Kids Camp, and the Incredible Exchange.
Incredible Exchange is a mentorship program for kids ages 11-14.  Youth are paired with adult mentors in beginning “work” situations.  Youth volunteer in exchange for a local recreational opportunity such as a ski pass or music lessons.
The Incredible Internship is a mentorship program for ages 15-18 that is an expansion of the Incredible Exchange program but also includes building skills such as writing a resume and interviewing for a position. Youth Development opportunities include leadership training and addressing relevant topics by bringing in speakers and performers.
Various community events such as the Easter Egg Hunt, the Halloween Event, and youth movies at Arrowhead Center for the Arts are also sponsored by Kids Plus.