Here's  a way for you to save time AND help feed the needy in the Northland. It's become a yearly tradition that the First United Methodist Church members and students from the College of St. Scholastica join forces and make lots and lots of pies to sell with the proceeds going to CHUM.  It happens Wednesday, so set a date reminder on your phone, or put a postie note where you'll see it.

The fresh, delicious pies will be hand-crafted and available for sale at the First United Methodist "Coppertop" Church, 230 East Skyline Parkway in Duluth on Wednesday, October 2, from 1-5p.  Cost is $10.

This is a great way to "get ahead" with your Thanksgiving feast.  Buy pies and freeze them!

Meg Kearns, the CHUM Food Shelf Director says, "We receive cans and cans of pumpkin each year, many more than we can distribute. Taking the canned pumpkin and adding St. Scholastic students to produce pies, turns the pumpkin into more than $1,000 which is always needed to purchase more food for the Food Shelf to distribute!"

Throughout the year the CHUM Emergency Food Shelf is stocked with non-perishable food items donated by area congregations and other groups. "Along with those canned goods, we need cash in order to purchase meats, milk, cheese and other perishable items," Kearns explains.

Unsold pies will be distributed to Food Shelf guests for Thanksgiving.

In related news, the Thanksgiving Day Buffet will be open to all at the DECC again this year.  Keep watching for a blog when volunteer sign-up begins!