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BROCK: It's time for Canartopia once again

One look at me and you can easily see that I haven't missed many meals in my life. About the only thing a chunky guy like me can think of being worse than not having enough food to eat would be if there had not been enough food for my kids to eat...

Harvey Brock
Harvey Brock

One look at me and you can easily see that I haven't missed many meals in my life. About the only thing a chunky guy like me can think of being worse than not having enough food to eat would be if there had not been enough food for my kids to eat. Thankfully I never experienced hunger as a child, adult or a parent.

When most of us think of hunger we think of third world poverty, but you don't have to look beyond our own community to find hunger and kids going to bed hungry.

When we see folks in our community struggling to buy enough groceries I'm reminded of the saying "There for the grace of God go I."

In our community if not for the work of the Amen Food Pantry many more would go hungry.

The food pantry gathers and distributes on average of 15,000 to 16,000 pounds of food a month. The Dickinson pantry provided food for 133 households in September and increased to 151 households in October. The need doesn't go away and the demand is increasing.

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Thankfully there are countless people and groups that create food drives to donate to the pantry.

One such event that the Amen Food Pantry has come to lean on to help replenish their shelves is Canartopia. The event is held each fall when businesses, clubs, church, government agencies and families build art structures out of non-perishable food that are displayed and judged by the community. People vote on their favorite structure by placing food and toiletries in front them.

This year is the fourth annual Canartopia will be held Nov. 19 & 20 once again at the Prairie Hills Mall. Construction will be Friday Nov. 18 and the gallery will be open for judging Saturday and Sunday. The event will be held in conjunction with the arrival of Santa to the Mall and will be a great family way to support the pantry.
Thank you to everyone who has participated in the past, but the need is growing and there is plenty of room for more teams. There is still time to do a food drive to gather enough food for your own structure.

Folks can find out more about the event and register by going to Canartopia.com or by calling The Dickinson Press 701-225-8111 and ask for Harvey Brock or Bonita Ellis.

We would love to have your group join us and Santa in filling the shelves of The Amen Food Pantry.

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