Leever’s “Stuff a Truck” event begins

The holidays are fast approaching.

Stuff a Truck

Posted on 10/25/14

The concern of being able to provide for families increases at this time of year for the needy citizens residing in Cavalier County. Part of the concern relates to food items and providing healthy, bountiful meals for those we care most about.

The Leevers’ Foods Store in Langdon has initiated a “Stuff a Truck for Charity” food drive again this year. In partnership with them, the Cavalier County Emergency Food Pantry, along with the help of the people who wish to donate to this cause, will be able to provide nutritious meals to those in need. The “Stuff a Truck” event is only at Leevers in Cavalier County.

“People in Cavalier County have been very generous when it comes to helping to provide for others.  The food drive brings awareness to the citizens of Cavalier County about the fact there are people who struggle to meet the nutritional needs of their family” Kathy Downs, a member of the Cavalier County Emergency Food Pantry stated.

Anyone can help create a great holiday meal as well as everyday meals for families. While grocery shopping pick a food item you want to donate and put it in the container provided for the items for the “Stuff a Truck for Charity” food drive.

A monetary donation can be made during this drive if you just can’t decide which item to purchase.  The money will then be used to purchase the necessary groceries to put together a Thanksgiving meal. Currently,  there is no monetary goal so the sky is the limit.

The store will also have mobiles on which you will be recognized for a monetary donation. All the proceeds of this food drive will remain in Cavalier County.

Food items are not the only items needed at the pantry. Items such as bars of soap, laundry soap, shampoo, diapers, combs, brushes, shaving cream, razor blades, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste (any personal hygiene item) household cleaning supplies for dusting, cleaning floors, bathrooms, etc. are always needed  These are items people cannot purchase with the SNAP (food stamps) benefits and are costly.

From January 1, 2014  through September 30, 2014 94 adults and 58 children have been served by the Cavalier County Emergency Food Pantry.

Currently the Food Pantry  is adequately stocked  to meet the needs of the people in Cavalier County who need this type of assistance.  However, as for the items needed to put together the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday food baskets, there will be items flagged at the grocery store that will help to prepare a holiday meal.

“As for donations going into the holiday season it has been slow” Downs stated.

“People read the article [about the “Stuff a Truck” event] and know that it’s time to help others by donating to the food pantry” Downs continued.

If anyone has any questions about the food pantry there is a committee of local volunteers that can be contacted. The committee members are Barb Hill, Kathy Reuger, Amy Frier, Tammy Hiatt, Dennis Throndset, Jeff Musgrave, Danny Mostad, Karen Hansel, Susie Clark, Nancy Coyle and Kathy Downs.

The “Stuff a Truck for Charity” food drive is on now and runs through November 13. Contact the Leevers’ Foods at 256-2600 and ask for Curt or call Kathy or Holly at 256-2175 if you have any questions.