The Record to host food drive

According to feedingamerica.org, 49.1 million Americans lived in food-insecure households in 2013. And of the 49.1 million, 15.8 million were children.

Volunteers at the Adams County Food Parntry busy stocking shelves in anticipation of the holiday season.
Volunteers at the Adams County Food Parntry busy stocking shelves in anticipation of the holiday season.

According to feedingamerica.org, 49.1 million Americans lived in food-insecure households in 2013. And of the 49.1 million, 15.8 million were children.

That is a high number of people worrying about where their next meal may come from. But there is help out there. Food banks and pantries around the country exists to give those people that answer.

We at the Adams County Record are getting into the giving spirit this holiday season and are going to be offering a place for people to drop off food donations. The food drive will begin immediately and end on Dec. 19. The food donated will then be brought to the Adams County Food Pantry in time for the Christmas holiday.

The Adams County Food Pantry is open the third Wednesday of every month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be no extra hours for the holiday season, but according to Kathy Jahner, they can make special arrangements to open the doors outside of their regular scheduled hours. Janna has worked with the pantry for over 20 years.

According to Jahner, the pantry can accept a wide range of food products, but right now they have extra needs. Canned fruit, canned soup, noodles, flour, sugar, dairy products and stuffing are some of the more desired items right now. She also added that anything is acceptable now.

“Anything goes,” Jahner said. “We can use anything and everything.”

Though the food pantry can always use more donations to fill the shelves, Jahner said so many have already helped the cause and wanted to voice her appreciation.

“We appreciate it all,” Jahner said.

The food pantry has 10 volunteers that help run the facility. Located in the NRCS building just north of the courthouse in Hettinger, patrons can enter the facility through the east entrance. If you need assistance with food, your urged to contact Kathy Jahner (701-567-4519), Carol Mollman (701-567-2325), Marlene Sass (701-567-2781) or Social Services in Hettinger.

Remember to drop off any items you wish to donate at the Adams County Record office.