The holidays are fast approaching.
Posted on 10/17/15
By Melissa Anderson
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.
Leevers Foods 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 Langdon.
“People in Cavalier County have been very generous when it comes to helping provide for others,” Kathy Downs, a member of the Cavalier County Emergency Food Pantry, stated.
“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,” Downs continued.
Anyone can help create a great holiday meal as well as everyday meals for families. While grocery shopping, customers are encouraged to 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,” Downs said.
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, shampoo, diapers, combs, brushes, shaving cream, razor blades, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. along with household cleaning supplies for dusting, cleaning floors, bathrooms, laundry soap etc. are always needed. These are items people cannot purchase with the SNAP benefits,more commonly known food stamps, and are costly.
From January 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015, 92 adults and 75 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.
Downs stated, “As for donations going into the holiday season it has been slow. 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”.
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 Rueger, Dennis Throndset, Pastor Judy Banwart, Danny Mostad, Susie Borgen, Nancy Coyle and Kathy Downs.
The “Stuff a Truck for Charity” food drive is on now and runs through November 8. Contact Leevers’ Foods at 256-2600 and ask for Curt or call Kathy or Holly at 256-2175 if you have any questions.