Scouts food drive pulls in 7,632 lbs.....and counting!

Volunteers had their hands full at the Spearfish Community Food Pantry during the 2011 Scout Food Drive conducted in Spearfish and St. Onge last Saturday 12/10/11
One of the biggest and most gratifying food drive campaigns of the year comes in December when area scouts go door-to-door to drop off empty plastic donation bags......and then return to pick them up, stuffed with donations from generous local citizen!

This year, donations came flooding in to the Spearfish Community Food Pantry on Saturday morning, December 10th.

And dozens of volunteers of all ages were waiting at the pantry.  Our camera was there to catch some of the action, and you'll find photos in the Pantry Gallery.

Finally, at about 9:30 a.m., the onslaught began.

Volunteer Perry Beguin weighs
early food donations on Saturday
Trucks, sedans, pickups....... vehicles of all sorts began arriving at the pantry carrying non-perishable food items intended to help bolster dwindling food reserves that seem to be in increasing demand across the county.

And it's certainly no different in Spearfish and St. Onge, where the number of needy patrons come to the pantry each week in need of some assistance.

"We continue to be astounded at the enormous support that members of the community give to the pantry," said pantry president Karen Miller.

"With nearly 7,700 pounds of newly-donated food on our shelves, we're confident that we'll be able to respond favorably to the needy neighbors in our area. And it's especially gratifying at this time of the year, as families gather for the holiday season. No one should have to go without some food on the table this holiday season."

Miller heaped particular praise on the many young people who turned out to help with the food drive.

"Scouts of all ages from around the Spearfish and St. Onge area again demonstrated what a difference they make in our community."

"We couldn't have done it without the kids!"
And it wasn't just scouts. 4-H members and other youth groups showed up to lend a hand and complete a task in just a few hours that would have taken regular food pantry volunteers many days to complete.

"The real heroes, of course, are the members of our community who have reached into their hearts and onto their own pantry shelves to help fill ours. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to the many local residents and businesses who've given such wonderful support to our cause.

The Spearfish Community Food Pantry is a non-profit organizations serving needy neighbors in Spearfish and St. Onge. Tax deductible cash donations can be sent to the Spearfish Food Pantry, 131 Yankee St., Spearfish, SD 57783. Such donations allow the pantry to purchase much-needed food items that are in short supply. For further information, call 642-0940.