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Bethlehem Lutheran Church volunteers help fill boxes for food pantry clients. Submitted photo
Bethlehem Lutheran Church volunteers help fill boxes for food pantry clients. Submitted photo

Holiday Helpers

Volunteers from Bethlehem Lutheran Church came together Saturday, Dec. 21, to package boxes for clients of the Slater/Sheldahl Food Pantry. Clients of the food pantry signed up to receive these special holiday boxes, which were delivered to them on Sunday by the church’s Youth Group. Each received two large boxes packed full of items that are needed, but not always available at the food pantry. Craig and Judy Whitney, who devote many hours to the food pantry and who organized this project, ordered everything from Slater’s Town and Country Market. Items included a ham, rolls, potatoes, fresh fruit, canned and boxed food items and cleaning products. Funds for this project came from the Bethlehem Church Council, along with donations from the congregation. Twenty-nine people signed up to receive boxes this year, which is 10 more than last year.

The Slater/Sheldahl Food Pantry serves more than 39 families, which is more than 140 people. This number has been increasing every month during the past year, Judy said. Clients are allowed two visits to the food pantry per month and are limited on the amount of food they can take, depending on the size of their family. Donations are always welcome and can include food, cleaning products, toiletries and baby care items. Monetary donations can also be deposited at the food pantry account at South Story Bank. The food pantry is open every Wednesday from 7 - 8 p.m. and is run entirely by volunteers.

Community Club Meeting

The Slater Community Club met Thursday, Dec. 19, to discuss Christmas on Main, held Dec. 1. The group also passed a sign-up sheet for meetings and volunteer opportunities and were able to get many more people signed up. The next meeting will be held Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. The main topic will be the upcoming quasquicentennial (125 year) celebration during the Fourth of July. Anyone from the community is welcome to attend.

(To report Slater news, please email Ann Krause at annkrause@ymail.com or call her at 515-229-6091.)

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