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Emergency Food Pantry in Fargo says it's nearly out of food

The cooler area of the Emergency Food Bank in Fargo, which is struggling with low supplies of perishable goods. Special to The Forum

FARGO—The Emergency Food Pantry at 1101 4th Ave. N. in Fargo is looking for financial donations to help it replenish its supply of perishable goods.

The cooler where food donations from places like stores are usually kept has been close to bare in recent days, said Stacie Loegering, executive director of the food pantry.

"That was a little alarming for us," said Loegering, adding that she's worried the situation may foreshadow more trouble as summer nears, which she said is a time when donations traditionally tend to decrease while needs increase.

"Canned goods and financial donations almost stop," Loegering said, adding that when perishable food stocks fall, as they have this past week, the pantry relies on financial donations to purchase food.

She said individuals interested in making a financial donation can do so online on the pantry's Facebook page, or visit this link.

Loegering said they plan to launch a program as summer approaches called "Create a Vacation from Hunger," which will encourage people to remember the pantry.

"If a person wants to buy their own ketchup bottle, drop a ketchup bottle off for us. Or, they're planning a weekend trip, would they be willing to donate a similar amount of food to us?" Loegering said.

The food pantry is in its 45th year of providing food to people in Cass and Clay counties as well as to others as need arises.

"Even if someone is traveling through the area quickly, we want them fed," Loegering said.

Dave Olson
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