Four tons of food....and counting!

Spearfish area scouts went door-to-door Saturday (12/12/09) collecting more than 8,342 pounds of food during the annual Boy Scout Food Drive for the Spearfish Community Food Pantry.

After enduring some near-record low temperatures earlier in the week, Mother Nature was kind to the Boy Scouts and the Food Pantry, providing a clear and calm day with temperatures "soaring" to about 40 degrees.

“It was a great day and a great turnout,” said Pantry President Evonne Welsh. “It was fun to see the kids and leaders in their scout uniforms.”

Expressing appreciation on behalf of the pantry Board of Directors and the many pantry volunteers, Welsh went on to say, “Every year we have this food drive, it seems the folks of Spearfish hearts get bigger and bigger. What a great place to live!”
The enormous outpouring of support was a great boon to the food pantry, which is housed in a temporary location at 3100 First Avenue (Suite #2) across from the Walmart store in south Spearfish. The pantry lost its lease at its previous location and is in the final throes of finalizing a permanent facility at the Spearfish Recreation Center in north Spearfish.

In addition to the many Boy Scouts canvassing the Spearfish community, dozens of other volunteers -- young and old alike -- pitched in to help make the drive a smashing success.

We snapped a few additional pictures during the receiving and sorting of food at the pantry. Take a peek in our Pantry Gallery.

Of special note is the photograph shown here. Three long-time pantry volunteers -- all members of the Board of Directors -- took a breather at the end of the Boy Scout Food Drive. Shown left-to-right are President Evonne Welsh, Marie Post, and Roberta Engesser. Marie, a Board representative from the United Methodist Church, is stepping down from the Board after 13 years of service to the pantry. Well done, Marie, and thank you!

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. While continuing to provide this valuable assistance, the pantry is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to raise some $45,000 to modify their planned new home at the Spearfish Recreation Center. Thus far, they've raised just over $15,000 towards that goal.

For more information about the Spearfish Community Food Pantry, call 642-0940.