Food Pantry Gearing Up for Holiday Season

Published 10/27 2016 07:59PM

Updated 10/27 2016 07:59PM

The Amen’s food pantry brings in about 14 to 15,000 pounds of food each month.

That helps feed more than 300 families in the Dickinson area.

“People are just very very generous.”

Manager of Amen’s food pantry Susie Kapelovitz says 75 percent of the food they have is from donations from the Dickinson community.

She says area businesses, school groups and others hold food drives to help stock the shelves.

“Everyone does food drives for us and we very much appreciate that.,” Kapelovitz said.

Food isn't the only thing the pantry needs right now.

"We go through a lot of baby supplies, toiletries, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, laundry soap, dish soap; all of those things that take to run a household."

Dickinson resident Krista Bothum is one of the many business owners paying it forward.

She’s a photographer.

She decided to use her talents and Halloween as a way to get people to donate food.

“What I’m asking parents to do is bring a bag of non-perishable food items that can be donated to the food pantry," Bothum said. "In exchange for that they get one emailed digital image of their child in their costume.“

And after a post on social media that drew a lot of interest, Bothum is expecting more food and kids than she originally planned.

I asked her how many people did she expect when she first thought of the food drive.

"Just a ball park I was going to be thrilled with 100 kids coming through the door, and you know 300/400 maybe, if it is big as I’m expecting."

This is Bothum’s first year doing a food drive. She hopes to make it an annual event.

Bothum will be taking pictures at Evergreen on Sunday, the senior assisted-living building in Dickinson, located at 2143 6th avenue west from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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