Food pantry gets boost

The campaign to raise $45,000 for the Spearfish Community Food Pantry building fund received a big boost this week with a $5,400 gift from All Angels Episcopal Church in Spearfish.

Rev. Bunker Hill of the All Angels Episcopal Church in Spearfish, at left, presents the $5,400 donation to Spearfish Community Food Pantry board members Marsha Smith (center) and Beth Walker (right). Both Smith and Walker serve on the Board of Directors for the pantry. Additional photos and a bit more information about the Church of All Angels are in our Pantry Gallery. Many of the 175 All Angels church parishioners donated to the food pantry building campaign, and their gifts were matched by the church.

“We deeply appreciate this contribution from All Angels Episcopal Church and the generosity of their congregation,” said pantry president Evonne Welsh. The pantry has now raised $30,390 towards its $45,000 goal.

“It’s heartening to see the enormous support we’re getting from throughout the communities we serve.”

Last fall, the pantry lost its lease for space it occupied on South Colorado Boulevard. Since then, they’ve been working out of temporary quarters in the RamVac building in south Spearfish.

After gaining city approval to occupy a portion of the Spearfish Recreation Center, the pantry launched a fund drive to garner the nearly $45,000 needed to remodel a portion of the building to accommodate food pantry requirements. The pantry hopes to move into its new quarters sometime this spring.

Persons wishing to support the campaign may send their contributions to the Spearfish Community Food Pantry, 3100 First Avenue (Suite #2), Spearfish, SD 57783, or leave their gifts at either Pioneer Bank and Trust or Spearfish City Hall.

The Spearfish Community Food Pantry provides nutritional assistance to individuals and families in the Spearfish and St. Onge, South Dakota communities who identify themselves as in need of food to feed themselves and their families. For more information, call (605) 642-0940.