Instead of money, many Christmas activities have been listing as the cost of admission a non-perishable food item that will benefit the Cache Community Food Pantry. Food pantry director Matt Whittaker says he is extremely grateful for all the food that will help provide a Christmas dinner to local families in need. Whittaker says he is also pleased with the contributions that have been coming in for the pantry’s building project. “We’ve got the Providence Young Single Adult Stake (that) has been out beating the bushes for donations over the last couple of weeks,” Whittaker said on a recent KVNU Crosstalk program. “Checks are starting to pour in there. We’ve got some good commitments, some good pledges.” Whittaker continued by saying the financial donations are helping to bring a new building closer to reality. “We’re quite optimistic. If things continue the way they are we hope to be building soon.” Whittaker says with the bad economy there has been an increasing number of families needing help from the food pantry. He says the existing building is, “bursting at the seams.” The increased demand, Whittaker says, has increased the need for a larger facility.
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