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A helping hand

Pierce County Food Pantry distributes special shipment

September 25, 2009
Tribune Staff Report

The Great Plains Food Bank recently made it possible for a special truckload of food to be donated to the Pierce County Food Pantry.

September is "Hunger Action Month". It's a nationwide effort to mobilize people everywhere to get involved with ending hunger across the country. In recognition of this special month, the Great Plains Food Bank has donated 2500 pounds of food to help the local pantry.

Rugby High School football coach, Scott Grochow recently sent some of his football players to help unload the special shipment which arrived at the Rugby Armory on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

During the year, students from Mr. Vannett's and Mr. Mongeon's ag education classes also chipped in to help upload food.

Several volunteers were also on hand to distribute the food to Pierce County residents who qualify for the food pantry.

About the local food pantry

One in 12 North Dakotans struggles with hunger. The Pierce County Food Pantry is located at the Rugby Armory. Distribution takes place on a monthly basis on the third Monday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The pantry also provides emergency food assistance during the month.

The Pierce County Food Pantry has been in operation for over 25 years helping low income families, or people who just need a little extra help. Volunteers are welcome at any time.

For the holidays, the local food pantry volunteers assemble and distribute over 100 food baskets which include a turkey, pumpkin pie and all the extras to make a Christmas dinner.

Great Plains Food Bank is a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota. More than 5.5 million pounds of food are distributed annual to more than 56,000 individuals each year - nearly half of them are children.



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