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Join us in helping feed the hungry with CanArtopia

Harvey Brock

Sometimes it is easy to forget how blessed we are to live in our country, and those of us who live in southwestern North Dakota have experienced an economic boom that is the envy of the country and world.

You would think with such prosperity, hunger wouldn't be a problem. But in the midst of the historic economic surge, there are people who go to bed hungry on a routine basis. If not for the heavy lifting done by the Amen Food Pantry, there would be a lot more.

Acquiring enough food for those in need is always tough, especially this time of year before the holidays.

Ron Keller, director of Amen Food Pantry, came to The Dickinson Press earlier this week and asked Bonita Ellis, our inside sales manager, if we would help with a food drive to help restock their near-empty shelves.

When Bonita came to ask if we could do another Press food drive with our customers, I recalled a community food drive a newspaper I had worked at had participated in. Sadly, I couldn't remember where and when, but that happens when your memory fails with old age and can't keep a job.

Together, the three of us decided on a new CanArtopia Community Food Drive. Press reporter Katherine Grandstrand has a story on today's front page and there is an advertisement on Page C4 giving you all the details about what you need to do to participate.

The three of us think the beauty of the project is that it allows everyone in our community to participate, help neighbors who might otherwise go hungry and have a little artistic fun in the process. We think the project will be great activity for businesses, churches, schools, youth groups, service clubs, families or any combination of each.

Community members can view the can sculptures at the Biesiot Activities Center on the evening of Oct. 22, and vote for their favorite art by donating a non-perishable food item. We at The Press hope the community joins the project to fill the food pantry and bring awareness to the remarkable job Amen Food Pantry does all year long to alleviate hunger in our community.

Please don't hesitate to call the people listed below if you would like to participate have suggestions or answer your questions.

Contact me at 701-456-1201 or Press inside sales manager Bonita Ellis at 701-456-1218.

Brock is the publisher of The Dickinson Press. Email him at