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Nearly 350 attend food pantry benefit


Community members, area churches and businesses, and Black Hills State University volunteers recently worked together to make the Martin Luther King Day Chili/Soup Supper Food Pantry Benefit a success.  Nearly 350 people attended the event, and over 370 food items and $650 were donated.

Nearly 350 people attended the annual Martin Luther King Day Chili/Soup Supper Food Pantry Benefit recently.  Over 370 food items and $650 were donated to the cause.

The event was hosted at the United Methodist Church where Spearfish Middle School choirs provided musical entertainment.  Black Hills State University, AmeriCorps*VISTA, the Spearfish Senior Citizen’s Center, Northern Black Hills Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) members and area churches co-sponsored the event through provision of chili, soup, helpers, and advertising.

Churches included were: All Angels Episcopal, Calvary Temple Assembly of God, Christian Science Society, Mountain View Baptist, Our Savior’s Lutheran, Seventh Day Adventist, United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church.  Community businesses such as Domino’s Pizza, Lueder’s, Kmart, McDonalds, Papa John’s Pizza, Safeway, and Wal-Mart supported the effort through donations.

Nancy Wietgrefe, RSVP director, and Janette Hettick and Donna Trainum, of AmeriCorps*VISTA, thanked all of those who participated in the event this year to help make it such a success.

For more information about future events or becoming a volunteer, contact Wietgrefe at 642-5198.

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