Community Foundation grant awarded to pantry

About 40 persons shared breakfast at the Bum Steer restaurant Friday (1/13/12) as part of the Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce "Morning Mixer."  But the real purpose for the gathering was to witness the presentation of several grants by the Spearfish Area Community Foundation to local non-profit organizations that provide a wide range of valuable goods and services.

Foundation president Priscilla Romkema introduced representatives from 10 different organization that received the grants -- including $2,000 to the Spearfish Community Food Pantry.  Those valuable funds will support the purchase and distribution of food items to needy citizens in the Spearfish and St. Onge communities.  Eleven churches operate the pantry, which last year moved to a new facility at the Spearfish Recreation and Aquatics Center -- thanks, in part, to an earlier grant from the Spearfish Area Community Foundation.

Pantry president Karen Miller (top left in above photo) thanked the foundation for their staunch support of pantry operations.

"These funds will allow us to continue to provide assistance to needy families and individuals, often reaching as many as 400 to 500 persons each month," said Miller.  "Those numbers include many who are unemployed, underemployed, elderly, single-parent families, and individuals who are in a major life transition." 

Other grant recipients in the photograph include (clockwise from bottom left):  Teri Royer, Artemis House;  JoAnna Prewitt, Big Brother, Big Sisters; Karen Miller, Spearfish Community Food Pantry; Renae Servaty, Northern Hills CASA; Marlene Todd, Lawrence County Teen Court; Shelly Brito, Spearfish Arts Center/Matthews Opera House; Daman Heitz, Lutheran Social Services/Canyon Hills Center; Myles Kennedy, Special Olympics; Brittni Skipper, BHSU Center for Enterprise Opportunity; Bunker Hill, Good Shepherd Clinic; Sue Konstant, Good Shepherd Clinic; and Helen Merriman, BHSU Center for Enterprise Opportunity.