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Food bank seeks Christmas dinner items

Grangeville’s Camas Prairie Food Bank volunteers work weekly to provide clients with food they need and can use.

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Grangeville’s Camas Prairie Food Bank volunteers work weekly to provide clients with food they need and can use.

— Christmas will soon be here, and most of us have put up our trees, written down our activities list and made plans for our holiday meal. It’s important to remember, however, that some people are just getting by and need a little extra help.

The Camas Prairie Food Bank will be handing out Christmas/December food on their regular days, Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The final distribution days prior to Christmas will be Dec. 15, 19 and 22. The food bank will then be closed all Christmas week.

“We are also so thankful to our communities for all they do for the food bank,” said Carlene Whitesell, manager of the Camas Prairie Food Bank. “We appreciate each and every donation and all the groups, schools, churches and individuals who are so faithful to give as well as volunteer.”

Even so, some items are still needed to help make the holiday meals special for those in need.

“Everyone deserves a good Christmas, and I ask donors to think of the items they would want on their Christmas table when they give to the food bank,” Whitesell said.

Items specifically needed for Christmas include all the items that make a holiday dinner special for cooking and baking: turkeys, hams, canned fruit, canned pie filling (especially pumpkin as this year this has been expensive or unavailable), pie crusts (any variety - refrigerated, frozen, graham cracker, Jiffy ), canned sweetened condensed milk, canned pumpkin, dessert mixes, corn bread mix, any types of stuffing and Jiffy mixes, whipped topping, J-ello dessert and pudding mixes, oatmeal, fudge and cookie mixes. sweet potatoes and yams, potatoes, olives, pickles, and gravy packets or jars of gravy. Other items always needed include canned meats such as tuna, chicken and ham, and pasta and rice mixes, as well as pasta sauces.

Camas Prairie Food Bank is located at 411 E. North Street (behind Les Schwab on Grangeville’s Main Street). The food bank phone number (with message machine) is 208-507-2365. Additional phone numbers are also posted on the back door in case of emergency or a donation that needs immediate assistance.

Monetary donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 686, Grangeville, ID 83530. CPFB is run by a board and volunteers who oversee the operation of the program.

Whitesell said Camas Prairie Food Bank is helping between 380 - 560 people each month. The months of November and December are typically higher volume months.

In addition to food, the food bank has a variety of toys to give away to parents with children.

“We have some very thoughtful donors who work extra to provide toys to give away,” said volunteer Carol Schmidt.


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