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JBOR seeking food pantry donations

In support of the local Salvation Army, the Jamestown Board of Realtors is asking for the help of the community with a food pantry donation.

The food drive runs through May 10, and donations can be dropped off at Century 21 Heritage Realty, which is located at 804 1st Ave. S, in Jamestown.

The food drive project has been a group effort of the Jamestown Board of Realtors for many years, and the group is asking people and businesses of the community to join forces with the local real-estate board in making this a bigger and better project.

“While our JBOR members rally together and always help fill the food pantry shelves, it is our goal to fill those shelves even more,” said Alison Schumann, JBOR food drive chair. “We urge others to join with us and help those in need today.”

The Jamestown Board of Realtors is made up of local Realtors along with other businesses associated with real estate.

The Salvation Army in Jamestown has provided an average 10,000 pounds of food to approximately 150 households each month, serving nearly 400 people monthly in those households, Schumann said. Included in these statistics are homeless people needing travel food, veterans of military service, and families visiting the food pantry in an effort to stretch their food dollars.

Abbie Craig, administrative assistant/case manager for the local Salvation Army, said assistance is offered on a case-by-case basis, with help based on eligibility and available funding.

“Community food drives help the Salvation Army serve the community, not only by filling the pantry, but the provision of food frees up dollars for other areas of need,” Craig said.

With spring nearly here, the need for additional food items is even greater, she said.

“During the summer our shelves get pretty empty,” Craig said. “We definitely have a need.”

While all sealed non-perishable items are welcome, the food pantry has a need for canned meats, fruits and vegetables, pasta and sauce, cereal, powdered milk and other similar canned items along with dish soap, laundry detergent, shampoo and conditioner, body soap, toilet paper, paper towels and Kleenex.

For more information on the Jamestown Board of Realtors food drive, call Schumann at (701) 652-5505.

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