Community Helps to Restock Amen Food Pantry

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Once summer is over, many food pantries struggle to keep the shelves stocked.

A little over a week ago, one Dickinson pantry was pretty empty. However, word of mouth has given the place a better outlook.

From 2 to 4 in the afternoon, Elizabeth Cogar was busy on her feet.

"Today is my first day actually volunteering," Cogar said.

It wasn't Cogar's first time at the Amen Food Pantry. Just a few weeks back, she was a person in need.

"I'm back here today to help them for helping me," Cogar said.

Cogar recently moved to Dickinson with her fiance and two children. When she asked where to go for help, the pantry was the answer; as it is for many in the community.

"The need is still there, and our donations had just kinda dried up during the summer," said Susie Kapelovitz, Amen Food Pantry manager.

But Dickinson and nearby areas responded. In a matter of days, word got around about the pantry's needs and donations came in. One day more than 1,200 pounds of food went on the shelves.

Just last week 90 percent of the shelves were bare but Tuesday, donations keep coming in.

"People bring in their produce; the banks, the food stores, the schools, everybody says we've got to do something," said Ron Keller, Amen Food Pantry president.

Keller has been involved for 28 years. He says every time there has been a need, members of the community are there to help.

"Killdeer, Richardton, Taylor, we just had someone from Richardton-Taylor bring in...I've never seen so many tomatoes in my entire life," Keller said.

Currently, they are still receiving large donations and creating plenty of smiles.

"It just feels so much better when you're weighing their food and they have this big smile on their face when they're carrying all those boxes of food out to their house because they're able to feed their family," Cogar said.

The pantry is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.​

The pantry also accepts toiletries, including shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste.