Pantry Celebrates with Car Raffle, but Needs Funds to Purchase Building

Managers of a local food pantry are celebrating a decade of feeding the community by giving a party this weekend that includes raffling off a car.

Director Dan Lick of the People's Assistance Food Bank of Sheridan talked about the details this week on the Public Pulse news talk show.

Tickets for the raffle are $10, or three for $25, and are available at several locations listed on the organization's website. The link is posted with this story at sheridanmedia.com. The party will be held from 10-4 on Labor Day, which is Monday, at the Albertson's grocery store, off Coffeen Avenue. He said the building fund is needed because they have been notified by the Holiday Stations Stores management that owns the property on Main Street where they're housed that they plan to sell the building. They've offered to sell the place to the food pantry at a reduced price, but the deadline for purchase is Sept. 1.

Fundraisers have already be held this week. He said the food bank serves 500-900 families a week, mostly to what he called the working poor, or people who have jobs. The numbers they serve has grown from last year, he said, which were 300-500 families. He says the need continues to grow because of the way companies are doing business.

He said the food is available for anyone in need. All they ask for is a name, phone number and how many people are in the family. He said they ask for the phone number just in case they have an overload of perishable food that must be handed out quickly.

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