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Answering the challenge

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Area businesses support local Food Pantry

To help fill the need at the Cherokee Mid-Sioux Opportunity's food pantry, Careage Homecare of Cherokee will be holding what they call "Pack the Pantry Party."

On Aug. 11 in the parking lot of Careage Homecare there will be live entertainment, along with a several raffle drawings and grilled hot dogs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

People who plan on attending this charitable event are encouraged to bring five cans of non-perishable food items or five toiletries items such as soap, detergent, toothpaste, shampoo, as an entry fee.

Those types of donations will entitle those who attend to eat and receive a ticket for the raffle that will feature items donated by area businesses.

All donations and proceed raised at the "Pack the Pantry Party" will be given to Mid-Sioux. Careage Homecare is located at 212 W. Bluff St.

Careage Homecare is one of the Cherokee businesses stepping up to answer the call from help that was issued recently by Mid-Sioux Opportunity Director Joan Forcier.

The Mid-Sioux Opportunities Food Pantry of Cherokee hands out food to many area families each month who are experiencing hard times.

From June to July of this year there were 388 households and 984 individuals in Cherokee County who used the food pantry at Mid-Sioux.

According to Forcier, there has been a rise in the number of clients at Mid-Sioux but the community has stepped up and helped out, including many churches, businesses, social groups and many individuals not just from Cherokee but also from all the communities in the county.

Last week, employees at RJ Thomas Manufacturing of Cherokee banded together and brought over $500 in food from monies raised from pop cans at their company's break areas.

The employees purchased $250 in groceries from the Cherokee Hy-Vee Store and it was then that Hy-Vee donated an additional $250 in groceries. The employees also spent $250 at the Cherokee Fareway Store, which in turn donated $75 in groceries. All that food was delivered on Friday to Mid-Sioux.

The RJ Thomas Employees are challenging other groups and employees of other area businesses to support the Mid- Sioux Food Pantry.

If you would like to donate items to Mid-Sioux, they are open Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or call 225-3322.

Forcier reminds people that they will accept most any donations. They can't accept meat that has not been federal inspected, and no meats from lockers.

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