The Black Hills State University Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Food Drive, which collects food and dry goods items for the Spearfish Food Pantry, will take place during the annual Make a Difference Day Saturday, Oct. 27 outside the Spearfish Safeway store.

In the past few years, collections have grown from 1,000 pounds in 2003 to 1,900 pounds last year.  Nancy Wietgrefe, RSVP director, predicts the collections will be even bigger this year.

“I hope that this drive helps people become aware of how something small can make a huge difference,” said Wietgrefe.  “One or two cans may not seem like a lot, but for the person who is receiving the food, every little bit helps.”

Items accepted include canned goods, pasta, oatmeal and cereal, cookies and crackers, cooking staples, individually wrapped goods, laundry soap, paper goods, and toiletries.  Cash donations are also accepted. 

The RSVP volunteers will be at Safeway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27.  To donate, simply purchase some of the items listed above and drop them off with the volunteers at the entrance.

For more information, contact Sarah Hanify, volunteer coordinator in the BHSU C-U-R-E office, at 642-6471 or SarahHanify@bhsu.edu