Great Plains Mobile Food Bank to visit Langdon Nov. 19

The Great Plains Food Bank will have its Mobile Food Pantry in Langdon at the United Lutheran Church parking lot on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 11:30 a.m. until noon.

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Posted on 11/16/13

By Lee Coleman

The Food Pantry is open to anyone that needs assistance with food. A scheduled appointment is not necessary to receive food.

“I hope people will get what they need to get through winter,” said Jessica Arneson, agency relations manager of the Food Bank. “The need goes up by winter. The heat bills soar and we try to reach out and help all those who need assistance.”

Over the last two years, the Mobile Food Bank has helped 65 families in November in Langdon.

Comparatively speaking, 155 families were helped in August followed by 86 in February and 65 in May.

At the last food drive on Aug. 27, 57 Langdon families were helped, taking home 4,815 pounds of food.

During the same drive, the Food Bank helped 183 families total (including Langdon) and distributed 16,520 pounds of food in Cavalier, Langdon, Osnabrock and Edmore.

“The top priority is to be warm and welcoming to families so they will come back,” said Arneson, now in her second year with Great Plains. “If people felt comfortable, hopefully they will come back.

“So much of what we do is built on relationships and how we can continue to build on them.”

As the holiday season approaches, Arneson is impressed by the generosity of North Dakota citizens.

“North Dakotans are so generous,” she said. “It is the time of the year when donations grow.

“We are thankful for the support to make sure all our neighbors have food to eat. We are only one piece of the puzzle and we are so grateful to have a strong pantry across the state.”