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Daily Bread-Jamestown hits new record in food collection

The Daily Bread-Jamestown (DB-J) program reached another milestone in food collection for the past year with 26,231 pounds of good, nutritious food captured for stocking the organization’s freezers and refrigerators. The food collected is available to anyone in need.   

“This program has grown so much over the past several years,” said Deacon Tom Geffre, co-founder of the program. “We are so very thankful for those wonderful volunteers who go around to the different food vendors to collect the food, weigh it and place it the our freezers and refrigerators.”

The food collected has been prepared in North Dakota Department of Health-approved kitchens and meets all food safety standards.

The program began in 2011 at Ave Maria Village, where Geffre was the chaplain. Unserved food was bagged and frozen and then made available to AMV personnel for personal use or to give to someone in need. Since then, the program has placed freezers in all Jamestown public schools, St John’s Academy, St. John’s Lutheran Church, the James House, Community Options Inc., James River Senior Center and the Gardenette. Refrigerators have also been added at the Gardenette, St. John’s Lutheran Church and the senior center.  These refrigerators are stocked by clients from the Triumph Inc. with salads and some fruit supplied by Russ Davis Wholesale Inc.

“We have been so appreciative of all the food vendors that continue to provide food for Daily Bread,” said Deb Lee, coordinator of the Volunteer Program in Jamestown and DB-J Board member.

Vendors include Pizza Ranch, Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn, Exxon, Sooper Stop, S & R Truck Stop Cenex, Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Comfort Inn, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, all Jamestown public schools, senior center, St. John’s Academy, TJ’s Catering and Emma Rosie’s Catering.

“Without the cooperation of these places, this program would not be in existence,” Lee said. “They are helping to provide food for a great number of needy people in this area.”  

Geffre said a number of other entities have contributed food, including Concordia Lutheran Church, which donated leftover food after its Community Thanksgiving Dinner, to Victory Lutheran Church for the food it donated after its Christmas community dinner. Food also came from the Knight of Columbus and the athletic club. Geffre noted a friend of his who is a farmer donated three hogs and a beef to the program, which was processed free by Reister Meats from Streeter.  

“We thank them as well,” Geffre said.  

Lee said the organization is always seeking food contributors. Anyone interested may call Lee at

the Dakota Store or the Volunteer Center.

Geffre said food that is prepared in a kitchen that is not state approved can’t be accepted, but people who want to contribute funds to support the program may send them to Ave Maria Village. Mark the donation as a Daily Bread donation or contribute through their local church.