DRIVE AWAY HUNGER: The Herald sponsoring food drive through Dec. 19

According to feedingamerica.org, 49.1 million Americans lived in food-insecure households in 2013. And of the 49.1 million, 15.8 million were children.

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By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

According to feedingamerica.org, 49.1 million Americans lived in food-insecure households in 2013. And of the 49.1 million, 15.8 million were children.

That is a high number of people worrying about where their next meal may come from. But there is help out there. Food banks and pantries around the country exists to give those people that answer.

We at The Herald office are getting into the giving spirit this holiday season will be offering a place for people to drop off food donations. The food drive will begin immediately and end on Dec. 19. The food donated will then be dispersed between the food pantries in Hettinger County.

The New England Open Door Food Pantry is located in the St. Mary’s building and is open ‘any hour’ according to Joe Bohlman. Bohlman is a volunteer with the organization and said that anybody that needs to get some food can contact them to set up a time to meet there.

Right now items of need at the New England pantry include macaroni and cheese, paper products, canned fruit, tooth paste, soups, tuna and pork and beans.

Bohlman said along with St. Mary’s, other congregations in New England have been assisting with the pantry.

“There are three churches that are sort of administering the open door food pantry,” Bohlman said.

Along with St. Mary’s, Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church and the United Church of Christ also assist in the efforts.

If you are a someone in need Bohlman said you can contact either the food bank in Dickinson, or Social Services in Mott and they will direct you to the proper food bank.

The Mott Food Pantry is located at 212 Iowa Ave. at the Assembly of God Church, the entrance is in the alley that leads to a walk-in basement. They are primarily in need of size four and five diapers. But Connie Haberstroh said they can use any non-perishable food items.

“Any other non-perishable, canned fruits, canned vegetables, anything like that is always needed at the pantry,” said Connie Haberstroh, manager of the Mott Food Pantry. “It can be a variety of non-perishable things.”

Haberstroh said the pantry in Mott is open the second Friday of each month from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., with the next scheduled day being Dec. 12. You can contact Haberstroh at 701-824-3209 and leave her a message if you are someone in need of food from the pantry.

Haberstroh loves her work and said it’s made easy by the community that helps.

“Managing for me, with the community I have makes my work easy,” Haberstroh said. “We’re really back up by the Mott community.”

Remember to drop off any items you wish to donate at The Herald office by Dec. 19.

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