Becker County Employees Donate Over $2000 to Food Pantry

Becker County Employees Donate Over $2000 to Food Pantry Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--Becker County employees presented the Becker County Food Pantry a check for over $2000 for the March Food Drive. Pantry director Brad Carlson was on hand at Tuesday's Becker County Board meeting to accept the $2018 check from Becker County's Labor Management Committee representative Sandy Gunderson. Gunderson said the money was raised through a fun event held by Becker County employees called LMC-bay where individuals donate different items and employees have a chance to bid on them.

Carlson thanked the employees and updated the board of commissioners on the activity at the food shelf. He says last year, people using the food pantry increased by 9%. They served 19,200 individuals which was 5,288 families in 2017. Carlson said this year one in 20 families in Becker County have signed up to visit the food shelf, however, he says so far the number of visitors compared to this time last year has decreased. He told commissioners last year on Tuesday's and Thursday's, on average, they would see lows of 50 families a day and highs of 70 families or more a day. He says last Thursday there were 40 families who visited.

"I want to be out of business" Carlson said. " We know that's not going to happen, but we would sure like to be out of business."

He added that the pantry receives some generous donations from Walmart, Central Market, CVS, KFC and Ruby's Pantry. Carlson says Ruby's Pantry is a traveling food pantry out of Wisconsin that comes to M-State in Detroit Lakes the second Monday of each month. And provides up to two laundry baskets full of food for $20 for people who show up. He says what's left over from their visit is brought to Becker County's Food Shelf and that adds up to about 10% of monthly donations to the local food shelf.

March is Minnesota Food Share Month the major fund raiser for over 300 Minnesota food shelves. During this month, money or food raised is matched.

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