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Food banks hope to fill Thanksgiving need

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Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 1:54 am

'Tis the season for food drives.

With Thanksgiving just over a week away, some residents and community groups have stepped forward to help fill food bank cupboards and freezers.

But, with the demand for help even higher than last year, there's still a lot of work to be done.

Community Action Partnership in Coeur d'Alene added 590 families last month and now serves about 6,000 families in Kootenai County.

"Unfortunately the food donations have been decreasing right when the holiday needs become the greatest," volunteer Richard Dance wrote.

Last year, CAP gave out 2,167 Thanksgiving food baskets, and anticipates needing 3,500 this year.

The Post Falls Food Bank could serve twice as many residents as it did two years ago if registrations continue at their current clip, said Executive Director Sherry Wallis.

"We gave out 135 (meals) last week, and we're still going to need 400-plus more turkeys," Wallis said, adding that other food items, except olives, cranberries and stuffing mix, are needed.

"We're serving more people than ever."

The Rathdrum Food Bank served 150 families with food certificates to Stein's IGA last Thanksgiving and expects about the same this year, said Manager Sharon Dillon. Since the food bank doesn't have a lot of freezer space, tax-deductible money donations sent or delivered to 8027 W. Main, Rathdrum ID 83858 and canned goods are best.

At Spirit Lake, Treasurer Becky Gaddum said 50 turkeys have been ordered, but she said more bird and food donations will be needed at the nonprofit at 32154 North Fourth to meet the demand.

Gaddum said 46 families have already been served and last year there were 40.

Multiple food drives have already been held for the Thanksgiving rush.

At StanCraft Boat Co. in Post Falls on Saturday, 2,498 pounds of turkey was donated.

In Coeur d'Alene, Boy Scouts fanned out, refusing to let Saturday's 25-degree chill slow them down.

Troop 291 - seven adults and 13 scouts - collected 538 pounds. Other scouts also contributed hundreds of pounds for CAP.

"This event is a great way to help out those in need and to greatly bless others with a small amount of effort," said Larry Kirkhart, Troop 291 scoutmaster.

Dance said it wasn't easy in the ice and snow.

"Not many were home to begin with or didn't want to open their doors to the 25-degree chill outside so it started off slow, but over the hours the scouts persisted and found more and more willing donors," wrote Dance, public affairs director for the Hayden Lake Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

CAP donations can be dropped off at 4144 W. Industrial Loop. Information: 664-8757

Post Falls Food Bank donations can be dropped off at 415 E. Third Ave. Information: 773-0139

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  • max power posted at 9:02 am on Tue, Nov 13, 2012.

    max power Posts: 559

    *** The Voters Have Spoken - We Have Become A Get Me, Give Me, Provide Me Society ***

    Want a Turkey and Thanksgiving Food Basket? Call Obama. He can be reached at 1-800-Lib-Tard. Operators are standing by...

  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:40 am on Tue, Nov 13, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    there is no discernment when giving out turkeys to the "needy". Some think it is a "free" give away and take full advantage of the fact that there is no check on whether those receiving can afford their own and in fact taking out of the mouths of the TRULY needy.

  • idahoguy posted at 5:46 am on Tue, Nov 13, 2012.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    One should question even the unrealistic need to spend so much effort on Thanksgiving when the country and world in on the verge of falling apart. The Press never covers the true news about the decline of this nation either. They would rather major in the minors and keep printing feel good stories....

    There was NO entitlement mentality in the Pilgrim's group around the Thanksgiving meal folks. They settled the wilderness without any Govt handouts. Dude there was no freaking Govt here...get it? They cut the brush and tilled the ground by hand and watered and grew their merger crops by hand. They hunted the wild game with very low tech muskets. They dies daily....

    They came here homeless and without a job. They had no money and if they did there was nothing here to buy...period. They did not whine about how much they had lost or how tough it was as that fell on deaf ears. They made something out of nothing.

    In the end they had earned... by their blood, sweat and tears the right to part take in a celebration of thanksgiving to GOD people. This country is rejecting God and the written word more every year yet some how so many want to hang onto the fun filled eating events and gift giving/receiving events and all the other self centered events.... all which have had the very reason and source of them cut out.

    Nope... no one needs or deserves any Thanksgiving dinner. It is not required to survive. What is required is a job which is not in this town, warmer weather which is also not in this town and a much better chance to get off the entitlement dependency routine...which you guessed it is not in this town.

    Wake up people almost all of you have turned into a society of consumers and you want others to provide for your wants and what you think are your needs. Same goes for Christmas. Another hyped up materialistic event, drenched in guilt and lust. A far cry from the simple way it all started people...a far far cry.

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