Morning News â€” Lisa Lete
MaeDawn Young and other volunteers passed out food to those in need at the Community Food Pantry at the Blackfoot Senior Citizens Center on Wednesday. Organizers of the pantry are hoping that as locally grown produce becomes abundant, that growers will donate their excess items so that those in need can enjoy seasonal fruits and vegetables.
BLACKFOOT â€” As the growing season reaches its peak and folks begin to harvest fresh fruits and vegetables from fields gardens and orchards, organizers of the Community Food Pantry are hoping that growers will donate their excess produce to help feed those in need.
"There's always an ongoing need for food; and recipients at the food pantry really appreciate the fresh produce, because many of them don't have gardens," Ronda Cheatham said.
Cheatham said that summertime, in particular, is a tough time for families with kids, adding, "There are no school meals and kids go through the food in the house a lot faster."
Cheatham encourages those who are cleaning out their cupboards or cleaning out the home of someone who has passed away to donate good canned or dried food items and unopened hygiene products.
"A lot of people in this area have a great amount of food storage and when they pass on, it just gets thrown out," said Cheatham. "If you're not going to use, don't toss it, donate it."
Blackfoot's Community Food Bank is a joint effort of the Bingham County Senior Citizens Center, Community Dinner Table and the Idaho Food Bank.
Food donations are accepted weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center at 20 E. Pacific St.
The food is distributed to those who need it on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Blackfoot Senior Citizens Center. Recipients are allowed two food pickups per month.
Anyone with questions about the Community Food Pantry can call the Senior Citizens Center during regular business hours at 785-4714.