The Ward County Farm Bureau donated a total of $2,750 to the five county food pantries on Thursday afternoon.
A ceremony was held in the conference room of the bureau, which is located in the basement of the Minot office of the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Carolyn Andrews of The Lord's Cupboard was on hand at the event to accept the first check, which was for $550.
"This is several pallets of peanut butter which is one of the most expensive things we have to buy," Andrews said after being handed the check.
Ward County Farm Bureau board member Cheryl Knecht, left, and president Monte Bloms hand the first of their five checks to Carolyn Andrews of the Minot food pantry The Lord’s Cupboard Thursday afternoon in the organization’s conference room.
According to Monte Bloms, the president of the bureau, this is the tenth year the organization has made the monetary contributions and the second in his two-year tenure as president.
Part of the money was raised during a freewill donation event held at Home of Economy in Minot on March 15.
We gave away free hotdogs and pop and took the freewill donations which we divided up," Bloms said. "Then Ward County Farm Bureau added on $500 to each of the food pantries so we had a total of $550 to donate to each of the five area food pantries."
In the past both cash and non-perishable food items were contributed to the pantries yearly, but the staff said that it was a hassle dividing all of the items to evenly distribute it to the pantries which are Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, The Lord's Cupboard, Burlington Food Pantry, the Salvation Army and the Kenmare Food Pantry. It was also determined that distributing cash was more efficient and productive for the pantries.
"Of course you can purchase in bulk when you've got cash in hand," Andrews said. "Food drives are wonderful, too, and we get a lot of food, particularly through the various churches."
Bloms said that the bureau helps out the pantries because "that's what we do."
"As farmers and ranchers that's what we produce is food," he said. "We are Ward County Farm Bureau so it's the five food pantries in Ward County that we donate to. If they can get the food out to them then the least we can do is give a donation to help them."