Food pantry in need of specific items heading into holiday season

Tuesday is the day local families in need will be able to pick up a Thanksgiving dinner at the Cache Community Food Pantry. The Pantry’s executive director, Matt Whittaker, said this Thanksgiving he is thankful for a new building that is completely paid for but he said expenses are up because there more needy families this holiday season.

On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2013_11_25_328_16574_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk show,</a> Whittaker said hundreds of turkeys are needed for Thanksgiving and Christmas. But he said there are specific items needed this time of year, such as baking soda, cooking oil, sugar,  even marshmallows and chocolate chips.

“People are wanting to bake and wanting to use those items, but they’re not commonly donated,” Whittaker explained. “Other items like canned meats, canned fruits, cereal would come in right behind that.

“But honestly, with the holidays on us, I’m looking for anything to do with Thanksgiving dinner. Christmas dinner is about the same: stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn, vegetables, yams.”

Whittaker said he does not expect the increased need for families this year will diminish anytime soon.

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