A local business has spent months raising money to fight hunger right here in the Northland.
The "Hunger Hero Program," put on by the North Shore Federal Credit Union, raised a total of $40,000 in 2016.
In the program, members of the credit union can choose to automatically withdraw money to be donated from their accounts.
That money then goes to three charities designed to fight hunger in the community.
That includes: The Ruby's Pantry Program, Local Food Shelves and the Backpack Food Program.
"I really and truly feel like people think that hunger is a problem that happens elsewhere. The fact of the matter is that there's a hunger problem right here along the Northshore, in Duluth and in our membership area. I think that most people just aren't aware of it," said North Shore Federal Credit Union President Mark Summers.
Spokespeople for the credit union say the program is on par to raise another 40-thousand-dollars this year.