The holidays are fast approaching.
Posted on 10/15/16
By Melissa Anderson
The concern of being able to provide for families increases at this time of year for the struggling citizens residing in Cavalier County. Part of the concern relates to food items and providing healthy, filling meals for those we care most about.
Leevers Foods in Langdon has initiated a “Stuff a Truck for Charity” food drive again this year. The Cavalier County Emergency Food Pantry is partnering with Leevers along with the help of the people of Cavalier County who wish to donate to this cause in order to provide nutritious meals for those in need. The Stuff-a-Truck Event is only at Leevers in Langdon.
“People in Cavalier County continue to be very generous when it comes to helping provide for others,” Kathy Downs, a member of the Cavalier County Emergency Food Pantry, stated, “This food drive helps to keep the spotlight on the fact there are people who struggle to meet the nutritional needs of their family”.
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 items to purchase. The money will then be used to purchase the necessary groceries needed to help keep the Pantry shelves stocked. “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, 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, 2016 through September 30, 2016 92 adults and 53 children have been served by the Cavalier County Emergency Food Pantry.
The Food Pantry is struggling to keep the shelves stocked with items such as spaghetti sauce, cereal, ravioli, spaghettios, canned veggies, canned fruit, granola bars, fruit snacks, juice, juice boxes, jello, instant pudding, a variety of crackers, saltine crackers, hamburger helper, tuna helper, rice-a-roni, canned tomatoes, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, jelly, not to mention items used to put together a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meal. Items will be flagged at the store that are needed at the Pantry.
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. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated.
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 Adrian Olson, Danny Mostad, Susie Clark, Nancy Coyle, Shannon Duerr and Kathy Downs.
The “Stuff a Truck for Charity” food drive runs from October 17 through November 13. Contact Leevers Foods at 256-2600 and ask for Curt or call Kathy or Holly at 256-2175 if you have any questions.