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Community holds food bank for those in need

The Lake Metigoshe Mirror of Bottineau, North Dakota

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The community of Dunseith worked together in harmony to help needy families recently. The quarterly food bank community donation attracted a large multitude of families needed food; an estimated 1,400 families were served by the end of the day.

The food was provided by the Great Plains Bank and distributed by Lutheran Social Services of Fargo. Each family received several boxes of canned food, bread, hamburger, potatoes and many other food items.

Vernon "Chuckie" Gladue was one of the many volunteers who were helping to distribute the food to the families.

"I tell you, we couldn't do this all day if it weren't for these good kids from the school coming to help us," Gladue said as he placed a bag of fresh potatoes in the trunk of a car. "I know the donors of the food deserve credit, but seeing these young kids help out just gives me a good feeling."

Gladue stated that Gene Nadeau at the Dunseith High School picks up the high school students and works right alongside of them. Gladue also added that a youth group from the Indian Alliance Church came to help out last week. The Indian Alliance

Church youth volunteers were brought to the donation site to the neighboring church in Dunseith by Pastor Gary Dorn.

Throughout blustery afternoon, Peggy Espe was busy controlling traffic and helping keeping track of the vehicles and families entering the parking lot of the Peace Lutheran and United Methodist Church in Dunseith. There were many vehicles that had went through Espe's checkpoint; each vehicle was usually collecting for a multiple families, because many poor community members do not have access to their own personal transportation.

Espe explained that, every three months, the community of Dunseith receives a semi-trailer load of food donated by Lutheran Family Services. She stated that the turnout has always been high, even throughout the winter months.

Gladue said the need for food is great year-round in the community, so the traffic is just as busy in the winter months. It seems just as busy in the winter because of having to brave cold weather, he noted.

The Peace Lutheran and United Methodist Church operates what is one of the largest food donations in the state every three months. They also have a certain amount of food on hand for "emergencies only" throughout the year. The church also distributes once a month on a regular basis for the needy families.

"We are actually the largest food bank in the state," Gladue said. "We also help people once a month in a regular distribution and in emergency situations. We don't just donate once every three months. However, our biggest donation drives are when the semi comes in from Fargo.

"So far, for as long as I've been volunteering, this last donation with the semi was the biggest one we've had by far. A lot of families were helped out last week."



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Original Publication Date: July 17, 2013



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