Western Edge community revamps AMEN Food Pantry with 1,000 pounds of food – The Dickinson Press

DICKINSON — On Tuesday, the Amen Society for Emergency Needs, Dickinson’s pantry, posted a Facebook post asking for donations, with a photo of the unpacked shelves.

“The Amen Food Pantry has very empty shelves. Please help us fill it out,” the post read in part.

Amen Foundation director Charlie Keelzer was stunned by the immediate outpouring of support from the community to help the poor.

“Tuesday, we gained close to 1,000 pounds, which is amazing. Then I reached out to some people saying they would start running food delivery campaigns for us as well.”

The most useful pantry staples include canned vegetables, canned soup, peanut butter, ramen noodles, pasta, cheese, cereal, pasta sauce, and rice.

Kelzer said that while they can’t accept homemade or canned items, fresh garden produce and refrigerated foods are welcome.

We can take refrigerated foods such as dairy, cheese and meat. People call and ask for it a lot. This is what we use our money for. That’s why cash donations are such a big deal to us because we spend donor dollars on these kinds of items,” she explained.

Two volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Dickinson volunteer at the AMEN Food Pantry in October 2021.

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Despite the influx of canned and canned foods, the store is still short on cash donations. Without specifying numbers, Kelzer said cash receipts over the past month are the lowest in nearly two years she’s been managing. According to Kilzer, $5 can provide one meal for the whole family.

“Great Plains Food Banks… are offering us stuff at a very discounted price. But if we don’t have financial donations to buy from them, we go without it. That’s why our shelves have completely empty spaces,” Kelzer said.

According to Feeding America, an umbrella network that includes the Great Plains Food Bank, a total of 51,380 North Dakota residents are currently food poor, of whom 16,360 are children. In simpler terms, 1 in 11 North Dakota children is left hungry.

AMEN Food Pantry is open for those in need from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The only requirement for receiving food assistance is a valid form of identification. The store is located at 30 Seventh St.W. in Dickinson.

“We like to say we got off Eighth Street West and Sims Street because if you Google it, it will send you to Food Riot. It’s the north side of (St. Joseph’s) Square, door m,” Kelzer said.

Donations can be dropped at AMEN directly, as well as local businesses like Nodak Insurance, 103.7 The Connection and Aflac. For more information about donating or volunteering, contact the store at [email protected] or 701-483-4344. There are also small stores scattered throughout the area, including one in Killdeer.

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