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Brock: Help fill the Amen Food Pantry by attending CanArtopia

I think all of us have experienced hunger to some degree. We may forget to eat breakfast, have to work through lunch or decide to diet. Our hunger pains are a minor inconvenience we cure with a quick trip to the cupboard, fridge, vending machine ...

I think all of us have experienced hunger to some degree. We may forget to eat breakfast, have to work through lunch or decide to diet. Our hunger pains are a minor inconvenience we cure with a quick trip to the cupboard, fridge, vending machine or drive-thru line at a fast food restaurant. While our hunger is either by design or a busy schedule, there are a growing number of people in our community who deal with a whole different level of hunger on a daily basis. Their fridges and cupboards are empty and they have no money for a single meal, much less to restock. Worse yet, many are not just looking for a meal for themselves but also for their children.
There are more reasons why folks go hungry in our community that most of us can’t comprehend, and it can be easy to judge people for not being able to put food on their table for their families. Thankfully, the Amen Food Pantry is not judgmental and seeks only to ease their hunger pains without passing judgment. Feeding the hungry in our town is a growing problem the Amen Food Pantry struggles fix every day, and know that without them, many more would go hungry. The Food Pantry depends on the generosity of many to meet the daunting challenge, and still, there are certain times of the year the need escalates. Late summer and fall are particularly difficult times. Last year, a number of area businesses gathered to help stock the pantry by participating at the first CanArtopia food drive event. CanArtopia will be held for the second straight year at the Dickinson Recreation Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Thirteen businesses have signed up to build sculptures out of non-perishable food items. The community is invited to judge which sculpture is the best, after which the food will be donated to Amen Food Pantry and the participating businesses will be awarded for their help. Slated to participate this year are Fisher Industries, Boy Scouts Troop 32, Light Tower Rentals, Consolidated, Parkway Ford, Rockpile Energy Services, Northland Pace Senior Care Services, Pepsi, the Evangelical Bible Church, Family Fare Supermarkets, the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce and The Dickinson Press. These groups are as busy or busier than most business in Dickinson, and I know the Food Pantry appreciates their financial and time commitment to participate. CanArtopia is a community event that accomplishes much and provides family fun with free refreshments. Attendees vote for their favorite sculpture by placing non-perishable food items next to that sculpture. Last year, the event supplied the Food Pantry with more than 10,000 non-perishable food items, much of which was donated by individual voting. There is still plenty of room for more groups, and we welcome any business, organization or family to build their own sculpture. Don’t hesitate to call Bonita Ellis at 701-456-1218 or myself at 701-456-1201 if you have questions or would like more information, and please take a few minutes to come to the Dickinson Recreation Center on Tuesday night and cast your vote of food to help stock Dickinson’s Amen Food Pantry. Brock is the publisher of The Dickinson Press. Email him at hbrock@thedickinsonpress.com and call him at 701-456-1201.I think all of us have experienced hunger to some degree. We may forget to eat breakfast, have to work through lunch or decide to diet. Our hunger pains are a minor inconvenience we cure with a quick trip to the cupboard, fridge, vending machine or drive-thru line at a fast food restaurant.While our hunger is either by design or a busy schedule, there are a growing number of people in our community who deal with a whole different level of hunger on a daily basis. Their fridges and cupboards are empty and they have no money for a single meal, much less to restock. Worse yet, many are not just looking for a meal for themselves but also for their children.
There are more reasons why folks go hungry in our community that most of us can’t comprehend, and it can be easy to judge people for not being able to put food on their table for their families.Thankfully, the Amen Food Pantry is not judgmental and seeks only to ease their hunger pains without passing judgment. Feeding the hungry in our town is a growing problem the Amen Food Pantry struggles fix every day, and know that without them, many more would go hungry. The Food Pantry depends on the generosity of many to meet the daunting challenge, and still, there are certain times of the year the need escalates. Late summer and fall are particularly difficult times.Last year, a number of area businesses gathered to help stock the pantry by participating at the first CanArtopia food drive event. CanArtopia will be held for the second straight year at the Dickinson Recreation Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.Thirteen businesses have signed up to build sculptures out of non-perishable food items. The community is invited to judge which sculpture is the best, after which the food will be donated to Amen Food Pantry and the participating businesses will be awarded for their help.Slated to participate this year are Fisher Industries, Boy Scouts Troop 32, Light Tower Rentals, Consolidated, Parkway Ford, Rockpile Energy Services, Northland Pace Senior Care Services, Pepsi, the Evangelical Bible Church, Family Fare Supermarkets, the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce and The Dickinson Press. These groups are as busy or busier than most business in Dickinson, and I know the Food Pantry appreciates their financial and time commitment to participate.CanArtopia is a community event that accomplishes much and provides family fun with free refreshments. Attendees vote for their favorite sculpture by placing non-perishable food items next to that sculpture. Last year, the event supplied the Food Pantry with more than 10,000 non-perishable food items, much of which was donated by individual voting.There is still plenty of room for more groups, and we welcome any business, organization or family to build their own sculpture.Don’t hesitate to call Bonita Ellis at 701-456-1218 or myself at 701-456-1201 if you have questions or would like more information, and please take a few minutes to come to the Dickinson Recreation Center on Tuesday night and cast your vote of food to help stock Dickinson’s Amen Food Pantry.Brock is the publisher of The Dickinson Press. Email him at hbrock@thedickinsonpress.com and call him at 701-456-1201.

Opinion by Harvey Brock
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