A run for food...

Eleven hardy souls braved the cold late Saturday afternoon (12/5/09) to participate in the Mistletoe Mile Fun Run and Walk in downtown Spearfish and support the Spearfish Community Food Pantry.

Held as part of the Spearfish Downtown Business Association Christmas Stroll, the 11 holiday-clad competitors each contributed at least one non-perishable food item to the Food Pantry, which is in the throes of a drive to raise money for its new quarters at the Recreation Center, while continuing to provide food to needy residents in the Spearfish area.

Entrants gathered at 6th and Main at about 3:30 p.m., hitching a ride to the Spearfish Rec Center, where they donated their food items and hit the starting line for the Mile-Long trek back downtown.

A light wind – blessedly behind them as they ran south toward downtown – the runners were escorted by a squad car of the Spearfish Police Department.

Prizes were given for race winners and “Best Dressed” entries for the holiday event. We don’t yet know the names of all the winners – but you’ll see their faces in our
Pantry Gallery. They’re all winners in our book…..helping the Spearfish Food Pantry in its continuing effort to provide food to needy residents in the Spearfish area. You can click on this photo to see a larger image of these good folks.

The Food Pantry was located on South Colorado Boulevard for many years, but lost its lease on that building earlier this year – forcing them to relocate. Thanks to the cooperation and support of local businessman Bob Meyer, the Food Pantry has taken up temporary quarters in a building across from the Walmart store in south Spearfish.

The pantry is now in a campaign to raise some $45,000 to remodel space at the Rec Center in north Spearfish. The City of Spearfish has made space available in the facility, but it’s up to the pantry to pay for necessary work in remodeling the northwest corner of the building.

At last report, some $14,545 had been raised. Persons wishing to support this initiative may mail their tax-deductible contribution to the Spearfish Community Food Pantry Building Fund, 3100 First St. - Suite 2, Spearfish, SD 57783, or leave their donation at Pioneer Bank and Trust or at city hall in Spearfish. For further information, call the pantry at 605-642-0940.