When Greg Reilly was without a job for nearly a year, the Dunn County food pantry helped him get through the challenging time.
By Zak Wellerman
Reilly said he visited the pantry on one of the Wednesdays it was open after a recommendation from a job service in Dickinson.
“It made a big difference in our lives,” Reilly said. “It’s decent, good healthy stuff. It’s stuff you can get at the grocery store.”
In 2017 alone, the food pantry served 14,900 pounds of food to 102 households and 286 people served including 122 children and about 14 senior citizens, North Dakota State University Dunn County Extension Agent Janet Wanek said.
The food pantry is open the first, third and fifth Wednesdays of the month from 4 to 6 p.m. The sign-up process to use the pantry is just one form with a few questions about income and family size and you must be a Dunn County resident.
For those who cannot attend the times on =Wednesday, you can make special arrangements to use the pantry another time when you’re free.
The pantry is housed in the Dunn County Social Services building in Killdeer on the first floor.
Wanek said the pantry is funded by St. Johns Lutheran Church in Killdeer, grant money, and organization and personal donations. Recent donations include American Bank Center, MBI, McKenzie Electric, churches and the 4H clubs.
Signing up was a quick and easy process for Reilly. As a single father, the service greatly benefited Reilly and his family.
After gaining full-time employment he stopped using the food pantry because he did not want to be the one to abuse the service.
“I would explain to anyone it’s there, use it if you need it. If you need it, it’s there. If you don’t so be it,” Reilly said. “I hope nobody abuses it. It’s a very quick and painless process.”
The pantry will be hosting a volunteer appreciation event at the Buckskin on Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. with civil rights training to along with the event.
She added that there are other ways for people to volunteer if they can’t help out on Wednesdays.
“Volunteers can help with Cash Wise pick-ups, online receipts, solicit grant dollars, moving boxes and unloading truck and stock shelves,” Wanek said.